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Wednesday Symposia on Sustainability: Conservation and Creativity 

Paul Thiele, Ph.D., is a political theorist teaching about sustainability at the University of Florida where he is the Director of the Center for Adaptive Innovation, Resilience, Ethics and Science (UF CAIRES) and the author of the book, SUSTAINABILITY, which won the Choice award for Outstanding Academic Title.  Professor Thiele spoke to a group of about 75 students and faculty at the March 2nd Wednesday Night Symposium event  which was co-sponsored with the AAP Environmental Programs.   After discussing how sustainability is typically viewed as a 3-legged stool dependent upon: “planet, people and profit” (i.e., the environment, society and the economy), Thiele suggested the need for a “fourth leg” which he calls “cultural creativity.”  This emphasizes the critical importance of how humans take opportunities to engage, enrich and innovate to address any challenges they face.  Thiele suggests that we can live sustainably in a fast-changing world by employing 3 practical principles – “practiples” as he calls them:  1) There is no away; 2) Diversity serves resilience; and 3) Sufficient is beautiful.  To understand more, please view the recording of his talk or read his award winning book.


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    I guess the author is talking about human sustainability and the way I see it, the more we sustain the more our planet will suffer. We cannot expect Platonic Idealism to run through the blood of every human. Therefore, we cannot expect that our ways of life will change no matter ...

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November 12, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterinternetseekho

thanks for sharing nice article......

November 12, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterinternetseekho

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