25 Jul '13, 2pm

Being #green is often a palliative to justify continuing excess #LEED #sustainable #Design

Being #green is often a palliative to justify continuing excess #LEED #sustainable #Design

In response to Helen J. Kessler’s recent article on the need of a change in mindset or paradigm (“Shifting Mindsets and Awakening Possibility ,” EDC, April 2013 ), I should like to add a few points to continue the dialogue. To begin, I applaud and concur with Kessler that the current sustainability crisis that threatens the health of our planet and, consequently, both human and non-human life is rooted in the modernist mindset or prevailing paradigm. The anthropologist, Gregory Bateson, summarizes the ideas constituting the modernist paradigm that has guided Western development since the Industrial Revolution as the following: “It’s against the environment. It’s us against other men. It’s the individual (or the company, or nation) that matters. We can have unilateral control over the environment and must strive for that control. We live within an infinitely expanding front...

Full article: http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95131-why-green-isnt-enough

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