This relationship diagram illustrates a comprehensive, integrative, honoring approach. It can apply to any scale of human entity-ship: from the individual, family, commercial/corporate, community, institutional, educational, state, and national, to the multi-national or global. See if you can construct one of your own for whatever scale of entity you wish to make more Earth-friendly. Start by identifying all the parts of your given entity. Then include them in your relationship diagram as a way of honoring their important presence in the complete whole. Then, you can focus on helping them all to work together more harmoniously, to reduce their negative effects on the Earth.
There are many already-existing success stories from communities around the world that employ this holistic approach: Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, Freiborg, Germany....
Using such an integrative approach, we can network to make change in larger and larger circles (see the Grassroots Inspiration in Action page).
Over the last few decades, I have compiled elements and guiding principles for community transformation, to help facilitate my recommended holistic, comprehensive visioning for Earth-healing. Some of them are ideas and approaches developed in my own homestead- and/or community-planning journey, transferred to a general form:
A Comprensive Communty Sustainability Prototype
1. Guiding principles
• The Golden Rule rules.
• Zero waste economy that nly generates valuable gifts to others.
• Plan to achieve carbon and ecological neutrality in 10 years.
• Support zero population growth and population reduction to whatever numbers an area, region, nation or the planet can genuinely sustain.
Read More on Lee's Action-Planning Prototype.
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Here are some images from a recent community sustainability collaborative in Crestone, CO. Gathering in this way and building sustainable low-carbon communities is not easy, but it is so worthwhile as we learn to embrace the challenges as the gifts that can guide us (photo credits Dennis Neuhaus).