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A New Sustainability Ethic

What does sustainability mean to you? I spent four years at university pondering this question, not only because sustainability was the overarching theme of my undergraduate degree, but because I was forced to live simply, out of necessity not choice, on limited financial resources. This experience taught me that I didn’t need much at all, in the way of money or material objects, to survive and be happy. I continue to live this way, although now I embrace simplicity out of choice, not necessity. As the Buddha took the ‘middle way’ between spirituality and materialism, I take a ‘middle way’ approach to consumption, finding a healthy balance between the opposing extremes of deprivation and excess.

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