Heresy - The Conference Statement

The following statement was first proposed by me during my opening address, and modified with comments from the conference participants.  Let me know what you think.  It is possibly going to form the chapters for the Signs of Change book. The statement was derrived from the essence of the presentations given on the range of subjects.  The statement covers Energy, Transport, Economy, Healthcare, Cities, Business, Waste, Agriculture, Environmental Stewardship, Governance, and Intergenerational Responsibility.

We have enough
We can share what we have
If we used less, it would be fine
We can move ourselves
The economy does not need to grow in order for us to thrive
Business can be ethical and fair
Business can express and nurture cultural values
Health is the care of humans
Public space in our cities belongs to humans
Open space belongs to wild things
We can meet at the market face to face
We can have humane relationships with the animals we depend on
We can work with Earth's systems
We can build our homes and buildings to last for 600 years
We look upstream to manage our waste
We derive wealth from our waste
We protect what nature creates, and we restore what we have damaged
We listen to what Earth's complex systems tell us
Our leaders listen to us and derive power from the mana of ethical behaviour and decisions
The powerful protect the weak
We are learning that this place is our home
We are weaving all the threads together
The most important people in our village are those who will be us some day ...  and we are listening to them.


  1. I like your opening address, however have you considered if we are capable of such fixes while sustaining the current population. we know the modern world runs on oil and not coincidentally in my view the population seems to be proportional to the oil we consume. If we want to live in a sustainable world we need to use less. but with such a high (and fast increasing) population. Can it be done, or is this all too little too late? We are a silly species. we find and learn to harness this almost perfect form of energy and then use almost none of it to progress human kind... go figure

  2. Population! I'm an engineer - why do people keep asking me about population? That's fine - I've done a study of anthropogenic system dynamics under conditions of constrained resource base and high standard of living (meaning health and culture not stuff). There is definitely a pattern that emerges, and I'd use it for the population solution design of the sustainable future. Here it is: Monasticism. Whenever people had enough, including enough people, there has always been a place in society where people can participate at a high level in society being productive, without being re-productive. Peasants and agricultural workers don't usually count because they need to keep up fertility at a maximum level because their death rate is so high. But the people who have plenty maintain that plenty by not overpopulating. They do this by having the excess people work in ways that are good for society, but don't produce offspring to dilute the wealth. This is a pattern as old as Egypt and as continuous as Tibet. Romans and Medieval Europeans also used it to great effect. OK, I definitely need to start this line of thought as a new blog!