02 Jan '12, 11am

The Difference Between Resilience & Sustainability? A Zombie Apocalypse

When Lloyd declared that building green was no longer enough, we have to build resilient too , he suggested that we need to move away from our obsession with high-tech green gizmos and make sure that at least our basic needs—food, water, shelter and warmth—can be met even when we experience disruptions to power, our economy or other shocks that we may not be able to predict. Lloyd's thoughts led to my own musings about the importance of local economies, social capital and the value of sharing in relation to resilience. But when I started discussing this with a relative over Christmas, they looked at me a little blankly: "I don't get it," they said. "Isn't this what the green movement has been pushing for years anyway." Resilience & Sustainability Are Related In many ways, of course, they were right. From localized food systems to distributed energy generation, many of the ...

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