Fact sheet from "What Have We Done?,
The Foundation for Global Sustainability's State of the Bioregion Report for the Upper Tennessee Valley and Southern Appalachian Mountains."
Blessed of the Lord be this land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath, And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon, And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills...
The Bankruptcy of Materialism
A Change in the Wind?
1) Our priorities are out of whack. People from all backgrounds believe that materialism, greed, and selfishness increasingly dominate American life, crowding out a more meaningful set of values centered on family, responsibility, and community.
2) Americans are alarmed about the future, particularly our skewed priorities for children and future generations.
3) Americans are ambivalent about what to do
People struggle to reconcile their condemnation of other Americans' choices on consumption with their core belief in the freedom to live as they choose. They fail to act because of the tension and contradictions embedded in their own beliefs.
4) Americans see the environment as connected to these concerns-in general terms.
Americans have not thought deeply about the ecological implications of their own lifestyles. Their understanding is somewhat vague and general.
What Have We Done? The New Environmentalism Protectors and Healers
What Have We Done?
The New Environmentalism
Protectors and Healers