Why sustainable development is so hard, when it should be as “simple as riding a bike”?

UNLEARNING as a sustainability strategy?

What does not being able to ride a bike have to do with sustainable development?  Or rather of course UNsustainable development, which is the dominant and to now apparently unbreakable pattern? Thousands of conferences have been organized, more thousands of books printed,programs launched,  actions organized, treaties signed, promises made (and broken), and despite all that and by just about an valid indicators, the bottom line of our unsustainability continues tragically to deteriorate, to destroy our gasping planet. As you can see here:

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A PETITION From the Manufacturers of Candles, Tapers, Lanterns, Sticks, Street Lamps, Snuffers, and Extinguishers, and from Producers of Tallow, Oil, Resin, Alcohol, and Generally of Everything Connected with Lighting.

To the Honourable Members of the Chamber of Deputies. Gentlemen:

France Frédéric BastiatYou are on the right track. You reject abstract theories and have little regard for abundance and low prices. You concern yourselves mainly with the fate of the producer. You wish to free him from foreign competition, that is, to reserve the domestic market for domestic industry.

We come to offer you a wonderful opportunity for your — what shall we call it? Your theory? No, nothing is more deceptive than theory. Your doctrine? Your system? Your principle? But you dislike doctrines, you have a horror of systems, as for principles, you deny that there are any in political economy; therefore we shall call it your practice — your practice without theory and without principle.

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Mouhamadou Ba on Dematerialization

Mobile telephone 1995

Mobile telephone 1995

Dematerialization is basically reducing the material base in a given product. For example, in a car, using less material to built it. It would be like out of a 2.7 tons car, built another one that would weigh 1.5 tons. In term of Sustainability it is quite relevant as those materials have their own footprint. By using then less, it help to reduce the footprint.

Therefore, companies nowadays apply dematerialization as in using technologies and data processing instead of archiving in paper. So, the process of changing from paper basis activities like accountability and such to a more data saving process is dematerialization.

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A Wind Power proposal for Santiago de Chile

 Rudolf Flais Final Report: Sustainable Development ISG 2015

R. Flais final paper - wind installationFor some time now in Chile we have begun to have problems with sustainable development  and energy, especially in the area of how to have access to power supplies without damaging our environment. It is for this reason that a solution to this shortage of energy in an environmentally friendly manner is an important point in which we must be careful.

This paper aims to provide a basic analysis of a type of sustainable energy which tries to damage the least possible environment and to solve the problem of energy supply in the city of Santiago de Chile.

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