Culture of Sustainability

Cultures strongly affect how we think and act. They are built on our human experiences, sometimes over thousands of years (e.g. Agri-culture). But with today’s pace of change, cultures can develop quickly.

When people’s habits change, so will their culture (e.g. Cell Phone culture). The Biosphere Eco-City is an intentional approach that engages people in sustainable activities to create a culture of sustainability. This will in turn influence thoughts and actions.

The threshold to create cultural change is 10% of people

When 10% of society holds firmly to a belief, the rest will follow. Let’s make that belief sustainability. It will inspire key sectors – government, business, NGOs, and citizens – to think and act sustainably.

Cities are the place to start

Cities are the place to start building this new culture. Sustainable cities:

  • Reduce urban footprints,
  • Make the lives of many urban residents much better, and
  • Drive sustainable practices around the world.

A culture of sustainability can produce sustainability even where planning is weak

Planning can produce sustainable cities in some favoured places with adequate money, expertise and time. But a culture of sustainability can make cities more sustainable even where planning is weak. And in cities where planning is strong, it can enhance results.

Sustainable technology will be adopted more quickly

Cultures of sustainability will adopt sustainable technology more quickly because:

  • Society will remove barriers to sustainable innovations,
  • Funding for sustainable technology will increase,
  • Creators of these innovations will have more work opportunities.

Further information on Culture of Sustainability

The Speed of Cultural Change
Local cultures have always existed and global cultures have grown over time. For example, a Culture of Agriculture evolved over thousands of years to include almost everyone on the planet. Much more recently, the Open Source Movement has changed the global culture of business in one generation. Currently, the advent of smart phones is changing […]
The Importance of Voluntary Action
Need and Impact of a Culture of Sustainability
WHY WE NEED A CULTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY If humanity is to live sustainably, this must be part of global culture Culture reflects what is important in a society. If Humanity is to live sustainably, sustainability must be part of culture. This applies at both local and global levels. This world Culture of Sustainability will exist […]
Technology in a Culture of Sustainability
Roots of a Culture of Sustainability
Sustainability was a normal way of living until recently Straw for goat bedding on family farm. Photo: Walden Effect Sustainability as part of culture is not new. Up to the 1950s, Canadian children regularly passed on clothes and toys to brothers, sisters and cousins. Today small family farms continue to recycle most by-products of their […]
Sustainable Cities Through Planning
Sustainable Cities Through Human Capital
Human capital exists in every city Human capital – people in Bogota. Photographer unknown. No copyright infringement intended. Human capital – the energy and ideas of people – is the new resource that cities need to move towards sustainability. It exists in every city, with creative potential that is largely untapped. Human capital can address the […]
Beginning with Cities and Creating Cultures of Sustainability





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The importance of voluntary action

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Roots of a culture of sustainability

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Technology in a culture of sustainability

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Need and impact of a culture of sustainability

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Sustainable cities through planning

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Beginning with cities and creating cultures of sustainability

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The speed of cultural change

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Sustainable cities through human capital

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