For those who need to know 'what' I am then, in order to value who I am and what I'm writing about, I've come up with a special list that has permission to change when it wants to!
Firstly, I'm a Pilates Instructor.....if you want to know my career.
Secondly, I'm a mother....if you want to know my love
Thirdly, I'm a wife...if you want to know my passion
Fourthly, I'm a tea drinker ...if you want to know my habit
Fifthly, I'm a walker...if you want to know my dreaming
Sixthly, I'm a writer....if you want to know my playtime
Seventhly, I'm a Sustainable Development - ologist(!)...if you want to know my degree ( BA Sus Dev)
Eighthly...I am nothing...just for when I want to be!
Ninethly ...here's a space for me to change my mind in if I feel like it....
Tenthly....here's another space for those who think I'm something else...
So, no Hippy in there....but a Sustainable Development-ologist...yes!
And that's the me that's writing this blog...cos she's got the 'qualification' that enables her to be taken seriously by those who need to take her seriously before its all too late.
So, what is a Sustainable Development-ologist?
Well....I just looked it up, and with the 'ologist' on the end, it's not really a proper 'word'.
So I'm just going to make it one...
The definition of Sustainable Development is this:
Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
- from the World Commission on Environment and Development’s
(the Brundtland Commission) report Our Common Future
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987).
Add an 'ologist' to the end of this and it's someone who tries to help make the above definition happen....
Someone who tries to not stuff the planet up for the future.
When I was studying in 1999 there was a lot of shit going down in the world ...just like there is now. And we 'studied' it all and looked at how maybe we could find more sustainable ways of being that would help preserve the future of our planet and its inhabitants.
We studied environmental, political, economic and social problems....and then looked at them all mixed up together in different combinations....... the socio-political problems, the socio-economic problems, the socio-political-environmental problems,the political-economic-environmental problems, the socio-political-economic- environmental problems......
We studied a lot of problems!
And I lasted about 2 years studying these problems seriously, before I cracked and nearly threw the whole lot in and said this is impossible..the world is fucked . It can't be 'saved'.
Fortunately, I had a couple of units that provided me with some grace.
Ecofeminism was pretty cool and so was Environmental Ethics. I was also lucky to be able to do the Eco Philosophy and Earth Education course...where we actually went out and lived on the planet 'real life' style for a while....
Fortunately these units inspired me enough to make it through to the end...and to develop from the university journey, my own theories and practices that have helped me be what I am now.
Number 7 on my top ten list...A Sustainable Development-ologist.
Some one who cares for the future by caring for the present as best as they possibly can.
And my methodology?
Is Barefoot Walking.
Finding a moment to take one's shoes off and touch the ground with ones' feet.
And my theory?
If you can't feel the earth, you can't heal it.....
And my proof?