April 22nd-Earth Day, 2014

Today is officially Earth Day, although I have been posting Earth Day, Every Day to drive the point home that we need to be conscious every day of how we treat the planet. While looking through my “green” library, I came across a book I had forgotten I had. For those of you over 50, you may remember the Whole Earth Catalog, a massive book that was introduced years ago, first published in 1968. I have the 1994 version called The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog: Access to Tools & Ideas for the Twenty-First Century. It is 384 pages, 11″ X 14″ and is in black & white.

Since I just found it, I have not had time to review it, so I decided to choose one section to highlight: SUSTAINABILITY (page 64)

Sustainability umbrellas include the following:

1. are environmentally friendly

2. provide an equitable return on goods and services

3. direct national budgets and corporate capital to promote environmentally friendly, equitable production

4. educate and cajole politicians and civilians, labor and management toward long-term thinking.

These practices are guided by the concepts of:

1) Waste not, want not.

2) Respect for the sun.

3) Respect unconditionally the network of living creatures of which we are a part.

On this same page is the document I have seen before by Donella H. Meadows entitled: If the World Were a Village. Imagine a village of 1,000 people. Then the author breaks it down into ethnic groups, languages, number of babies born to each group, what they would own, how many would have access to clean water (1/3), half of the adults would be illiterate, etc.

The kind of information in the catalog was unique at the time it was written. I plan to browse through it over the summer and  report back any interesting items that I find by going through the Table of Contents and choosing something from each srction. Here are the topics:

Whole Systems
Taming Technology
Political Tools


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