As the FXB-Village Model continues to grow and we develop ways to share its methodology with the public, we will continue to rely on others -- on organizations that put out the call to action, and on individuals that answer it -- to help us validate and advance our work.
The simple truth is that our antiquated energy policies, along with other industrialized nations, are disrupting the planet's climate and threating many species, including our own. But much of our economy is dependent on fossil fuels.
After receiving the title "Hippie Hannah" from none other than the queen of America's Next Top Model, Tyra Banks, Hannah has embraced her nickname for what it represents. She passionately promotes global awareness and sustainable lifestyle practices through food, fitness and the arts.
For the sake of you health, your children's health, and for environmental health, our food systems need to be realigned with principles that focus on long-term sustainability. That process starts with you asking the right questions.
Many of those who show an interest in preserving our environment are still categorized as living an "alternative lifestyle," but does caring for our planet really require a label? Shouldn't conserving our earth be the norm?
Ecological civilization is like a pie in the sky, a dream. This is no small thing, if we understand our "modern" world was also the result of a dream of a few Arab and European humanists centuries ago.
Our capitalistic society is built around this idea of choice -- wherever we look, we are presented with options. Enter the concept of sustainability. It asks us to think about the impact of our choices and our actions. Does living sustainably limit our freedom to choose?
So if you think it is worthwhile to develop emotional and social intelligence, it only makes sense to also take the next step and develop your ecological intelligence, or understanding of how nature sustains life.
As we go through the motions and figure out what works for our bodies as well as our closets, it's amazing how we -- by choice or not -- are part of the fashion world, a living, breathing, constantly evolving system.
The U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio can be the take-off for the next industrial revolution driven by business and civil society. The conference can mark a change in leadership from a political top down process to a bottom up movement.