Reacting to economic times

I have been intrigued by some of the reaction to the downturn in the economy.

On one side of the spectrum, I get pressure to cast aside everything in the name of stimulating the economy – like fiscal accountability, good planning practices, and environmental protection.

On the other side of the spectrum, I get pressure to stop. Everything.  Mostly because it is all deemed too hopeless.

Throwing the baby out with the bathwater is not the answer.  Neither are self-fulfilling prophecies.  Sometimes, I think I might learn more about our economic crisis from ethicists and psychologists.

One thing I do know is that while we try to figure things out, another global crisis marches on unabated – climate change.

Another thing I know is that if we can help make our residents homes more energy efficient and provide them with  reliable and affordable new local energy sources, they will be buffered from increasing energy costs.  If we can do the same for our public facilities, our taxpayers will benefit.  On the business side, our industries will be more competitive and our city more attractive to investors.  Investment in new energy technologies and systems will create local jobs and expertise.  At the same time, we reduce our green house gas emissions.  We have a responsibility to do our part. 

So, I have to believe that our commitment to building a sustainable community is part of the solution. 

Collaboration, cooperation, and commitment are essential and possible. The whole community has a stake in sustainability. Citizens, businesses, governments, not-for-profit organizations, and educators must all work together with mutual trust, a shared sense of purpose, and a willingness to change.

Sustainability is everyone’s business and is good for business. Social, environmental and economic sustainability improves profitability, productivity and competitiveness and attracts talent and investment. We can’t afford not to be sustainable.

A more sustainable world is our legacy to future generations. The Earth’s resources are finite and if we don’t make changes now, life as we know it will not be the same for our children and grandchildren.

One thing municipalities do alot is planning 25 to 50 years into the future.   We update these long-term plans on a regular basis to integrate new knowledge.  Seems like a prudent practice that we should continue, adjusting  our course as we learn and understand more.

About Karen Farbridge

An unwavering change maker seeking a just, democratic and sustainable world.

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