Kitchen Table Sustainability: Practical Recipes for by Wendy Sarkissian

By Wendy Sarkissian

Kitchen desk Sustainability deals a different view of sustainability during the lens of neighborhood engagement. It takes sustainability out of the ivory towers of universities, executive departments and planners to the kitchen tables of the realm. This useful consultant distils many years of knowledge from neighborhood making plans, engagement and sustainability perform the world over right into a basic and interesting publication that's either inspirational and choked with hands-on instruments. The center of the publication is a bottom-up method of participatory neighborhood engagement and improvement, known as consuming, that comprises six parts: schooling, motion, belief, Inclusion, Nourishment and Governance.

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Months after Kitchen Table Sustainability had been accepted for publication, Wendy was browsing in her favourite bookshop in Vancouver when she was drawn to a book. 7 Wendy was delighted to find that the two books have more in common than their titles. While Remen’s work focuses on individual healing from life-threatening diseases, our book is about reconciling our relationships with We seek to put the power into the hands of individuals and communities who will exercise their common sense nonhuman Nature and with each other to support sustainability.

Our role should David Orr argues that our role should be to frame questions to be to frame create the possibility that they might someday be resolved. This questions to framing involves: create the possibility that • integrating social, cultural and economic needs within they might ecological constraints someday be • acknowledging that we are all part of Nature and that resolved all learning, education, interactions, governance and decision making must be based on our relationships with Nature • acknowledging that the sustainability debate is based on our cultural perspectives.

The EATING approach consists of six components – food groups if you like – Education, Action, Trust, Inclusion, Nourishment and Governance. With respect to community engagement with sustainability, we view each of these as a necessary part of a well balanced diet. All components must be included – or the diet (the engagement process) – will be deficient and we will not be sustained. The six elements of EATING are introduced in the subsequent chapters as follows: Chapter 5: Education asks what information and knowledge do we need to impart and share for community engagement with sustainability?

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