Welcome to Humanly Sustainable!

Sustainability starts with a simple gesture of goodwill. Realizing this suddenly expands the classic definition of sustainability, which is often limited to providing for the needs of the present generation without jeopardizing the opportunities of future generations to do the same. Could sustainability be much more concrete and closer to our daily lives? What if we defined “sustainability” as the result of respecting the essential principles and values that govern our reality in our day-to-day activities? This new definition could expand our understanding of sustainability and its implications. “Sustainable living” would become a collective quest to identify and apply those reality-governing principles and values. The first arena for exploring sustainability from this new perspective would be human interactions and communities, the primary actors and first beneficiaries of sustainable development.

Humanly Sustainable is based on the premise that when the potentialities latent in every person are unlocked, processes of transformation are set in motion at the individual, community and institutional level with a ripple effect on all dimensions of human activity—whether social, economic or connected to our natural environment.

Humanly Sustainable’s primary purpose is to participate in this quest by analyzing and learning from any initiative or theory that could contribute to the creation of an evolving framework for sustainable living.

Humanly Sustainable seeks to ask questions that prompt everyone, whatever their knowledge background, to take part in the reflection on sustainability by acting and sharing their experiences. What does a society that is humanly sustainable look like? Let’s figure it out by identifying the principles that we wish to frame our individual and collective efforts, striving to put them into practice, and reflecting together.

For French version, visit lhumaindurable.com!

Photo credit: Peeter Viisimaa/Getty Images

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