Culture in the Winds of Change

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Abstract

In this day and age, one thing seems increasingly clear, at least in industrialized countries. Human beings have created cultures that are unsustainable. From the uncertain implications of climate change, to the realities of a global economic melt-down and the growing gap between rich and poor, there are few indications that a human population of over 6.5 billion can continue to survive, let alone thrive, on planet Earth. As humanity proceeds down the path of globalization, pluralization and urbanization, there is a niggling question – can we create a global/local ‘culture of sustainability’? If so, what might it look like? How do we move towards it? How do we know if we are getting closer, or drifting ever further from this goal?