Choose Sustainability, Choose Life: Author

Mike Nickerson to lead talk targeting enhanced well-being for people, planet

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Choosing sustainability for the sake of the health of both people and the planet is at the crux of an upcoming event.

Nourish presents a conversation April 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Peterborough with Mike Nickerson.

Mike, author of Life, Money and Illusion; Living on Earth as if We Want to Stay (2009), Planning for Seven Generations (1990) and Change the World I Want to Stay On (1977), will elaborate on responsible actions citizens can take today for a better future.

“With good health and knowledge, people can lead secure, fulfilling lives with a minimum of disruption to planetary life.”

“We need to recognize that we are now a physically-mature species and that we must govern ourselves with respect for the limits of our planet,” Mike says in literature about the event.

“This does not mean that our opportunities are finite, however. With good health and knowledge, people can lead secure, fulfilling lives with a minimum of disruption to planetary life.”

To choose sustainability is to choose the cyclic management of natural resources, the reduction of waste, economics that include everyone and a determined transition toward renewable energy, he says. “It is also a vote for the celebration of life and the unlimited opportunities which understanding, appreciation, communication, creativity, sport and mutual care offer.”

The author notes civilization has been growing for 10,000 years and “getting bigger is no longer what we need to do.

“Since before recorded history, more people and more activity made humanity stronger. We lack models for a mature, post-growth state.”

“Whether we choose to pursue perpetual growth or seek long-term solutions is a question of direction. We are at a crossroads between economic expansion and sustainability.”

Several problems are unfolding with growth towards planetary limits. These include the rising prices and conflicts associated with diminishing natural resources, including food, along with the health and safety issues resulting from pollution and climate change.

“Whether we choose to pursue perpetual growth or seek long-term solutions is a question of direction. We are at a crossroads between economic expansion and sustainability.”

Mike will offer his seasoned perspective on this issue and others. He first encountered sustainability in co-directing the Institute for the Study of Cultural Evolution.

The author currently manages education programs for the 7th Generation Initiative and works on domestic ecosystems at the Lanark Eco-Village.

The event’s organizer, Nourish, which is focused on putting health, equity, belonging and community at the heart of its work, offers this event as the first installment in its Popular Education Series.

“Our goal is to invite speakers who want to unpack challenging issues and offer empowering avenues to make sense of them.”

The Popular Education Series is designed to make big or complicated concepts digestible, with the ultimate goal of engaging a broader range of community members to learn, reflect and start working together for social change.

The event with Mike is at Trinity United Church at 360 Reid St.

Click here to register.

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