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1 The Sustainability Imperative Extension’s Call to Action Jerry Hembd University of Wisconsin- Superior/Extension Viviane Simon-Brown Extension Forestry Oregon State University

2 Overview Systems thinking Empty and full world model Evolving community views Seven big economic ideas Six essential steps for Extension

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4 Sustainability Basics Time (and change) Relationships Resilience

5 Systems Thinking Systems consist of individual but interrelated parts Systems depend on the relationships among the parts as much as the parts themselves These relationships make the whole greater than the sum of its parts When you dissect the system, you destroy the pattern of relationships

6 Solar Energy Energy Source Functions Sink Functions Resources Finite Global Ecosystem Waste Heat Energy Resources Recycled Matter Natural Capital (Ecosystem) Manmade Capital (Economy) Growing Economic Subsystem Human Welfare Economic services Ecosystem services Source: Daly, Herman. Ecological Economics. Island Press, 2004

7 World Population, 10,000 BC to Present

8 World population from 1800 to 2100, based on UN 2004 projections and US Census Bureau historical estimates. World Population Projections

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11 Societal Pressure on Earth Systems Source: International Geosphere- Biosphere Programme, 2004

12 Societal Pressure on Earth Systems Source: International Geosphere- Biosphere Programme, 2004

13 Solar Energy Growing Economic Subsystem Energy Source Functions Sink Functions Resources Finite Global Ecosystem Waste Heat Recycled Matter Natural Capital (Ecosystem) Manmade Capital (Economy) Human Welfare Economic services Ecosystem services Source: Daly, Herman. Ecological Economics. Island Press, 2004

14 Evolving Views of the Community Unconnected or silos viewInterconnected or linkages view Interdependent, nested, or systems view Environment Economy Society Environment Economy Society Environment Society Economy

15 Conceptual Reform in Economics: Seven Big Ideas Adjust economic scale Shift from growth to development Make prices tell the ecological truth Account for nature’s contributions Apply the precautionary principle Revitalize commons management Value women Source: Gardner, Gary, and Prugh, Thomas, Project Directors. State of the World 2008: Innovations for a Sustainable Economy. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008.

16 Framework for Planning Focus on 1 problem/1 solution: climate change & sustainable living education 2 Use existing in-situ distribution system 3 Address the total lifestyle footprint 4 Walk the talk 5 Help communities rethink municipal systems 6 Return to essential land-grant institutional values

17 Conclusion Preamble to the Earth Charter, Preamble to the Earth Charter, June 2000 We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. a time when humanity must choose its future.… …Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.


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