New Post at Urban Times: “Buy Locally, Sustain Globally”


I’m over at Urban Times again today with a post about sustainability and the importance of buying local.  The following is an excerpt, but you can read the post in its entirety here:

“We have all heard the buzz word “sustainability.”  But what does it really mean to be sustainable?  Why is it so important to promote sustainability?  And what can we, as consumers, do to promote sustainability?

As the term has come to be used in modern lexicon, sustainability refers to efforts by individuals, business, governmental entities, and other organizations to operate within a manner that facilitates and promotes a productive harmony and coexistence between humans and nature.  Sustainability requires an on-going commitment to support environmental, economic, and social conditions through the responsible use of resources, the protection of vulnerable ecosystems, and a forward-thinking vision that focuses on fulfilling the social and economic needs of future generations, rather than focusing on instant gratification.”

I will be the first to admit that several of the changes supporting sustainability have not come easily to me.  But as I obtain more information, and try to live more mindfully, I am learning that the changes are worth the efforts involved.  As with most things, small things can make a world of difference. So I am balancing priorities with practicality and trying to do what I can do.  I encourage you to read the article – not just because I love when people read my stuff – but because there are a number of great links to other articles regarding sustainability as well.

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  • Great article. I tried to leave a comment over there but that livefyre thing always banishes me. I’m always surprised by how unaware people are of local economies and the difference their spending makes. It’s important that we keep talking about it.

    • Definitely. I will be the first to admit that I was happily ignorant to many of these issues until I started learning more about it. It is also important that consumers understand that organic (which has become so popular) doesn’t necessarily mean sustainable. I am trying to be more educated about where my food is coming from. I grew up in a rural Wisconsin town so it was relatively easy to know where your produce was harvested, but in an urban community it is a little more difficult. But definitely worth the effort.

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