Understanding Sustainable Systems in a Transitional Time Period

My reaction to Roger Revelle Centennial Symposium: Science for the Future and the Future of Science is that it is great that he and Ashok Khosla are on board with these scientific techniques for a sustainable world. Roger has pointed out that rich people and countries like the U.S. for example take more than they need. This sets the example for all of the smaller and poorer countries out there to practice wasteful strategies; Ashok reveals this as the Copy-Cat Method. It is very sad that poorer countries are so burnt out of working hard and not having what they deserve, the only way these countries find pride in themselves is to spawn big families with lots of children; this in turn creates a larger problem for the world when population is increasing at such a drastic number. By the time 2030 comes along we are going to need more space to withhold the population. I feel as if we shall continue to educate these smaller countries in non-wasteful spending techniques and regeneration techniques, by visiting these countries and participating in a teaching program, we can make a change. These very poor countries need to learn sustainable techniques to support their land and regenerate the biological characteristics of their ecology as priority. As Ashok said, there are different ways to do things. To learn, to care, and to teach: maybe if the U.S. gets smarter and starts to practice ways of ecology regeneration, we can set an example for others to follow.

While reading the “Changing the Dreams: How Civilizations Reinvent Themselves”, I’ve grasped a better understanding to science as a integral system. One thing I enjoyed was the assumptions that “better tools have led to three firmament-shaking shifts”. 1.) Everything is made of energy, not matter. This makes sense to me because of the fact that energy is embedded as a foundational element before you matter is formed. 2.) Everything is connected, not separable, and casualty is complex, not a simple, singular or sequential. In my opinion this statement is interesting because I am a strong believer in karma, everything we do has a greater purpose and the ethics of our actions is returned to us in an indirect way, everything is connected through complexity. 3.) Complex interdependent systems are more orderly than imagined. This to me is a view of scale, when you zoom out on the way entire systems are running; it is fairly simple to understand when put into a different perspective. All of these are important views to understand the transitional period of time we are going through.

 “We will never solve our problems using the same kind of thinking that caused them in the first place.”

-Albert Einstein

“Successful transitions require a conservative progressive alliance aimed at preserving past societal lessons while working past the limits and distortions of the current age.”

-Chapter 1 of The New Science of Sustainability – “Changing the Dreams: How Civilizations Reinvent Themselves”


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