"Care for the soil and the soul needs to be extended to include care for society." Satish Kumar
The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. -Albert Einstein
"What we most need to do is to hear within us the sounds of the Earth crying." Thich Nhat Hanh
"Creation is the primary and most perfect revelation of the Divine." Thomas Aquinas
"The Earth is alive, we live in and through her, and as we are in her keeping, so is she in ours." Pir Zia Inayat Khan
"The greening of the self involves a combining of the mystical with the pragmatic, transcending separateness, alienation, and fragmentation." Joanna Macy

The program goal is to develop a model of sustainability for local communities that is increasingly deeper and wider: deeper refers to changes in values, assumptions and practices; wider refers to engagement with different, sometimes opposing, perspectives for the emergence of collective wisdom about fundamental aspects of society, including energy, water, food and security. This is being done initially with a small group of towns and will then be offered more broadly, including at the Rio 2012 conference and beyond.


Many people put their hope for the Earth's future in the capacities of local efforts to adapt to climate change and to come up with alternatives to excessive energy consumption. These links are in no way comprehensive; they are a small sampling of the work that is being done locally, with a bias towards work being done in the US where there is immense moral imperative as well as a practical need for energy descent.



Bedford 2020

Alliance to Develop Power (ADP)

Sustainable Jersey

Rock Port, MI: First Town in America to be Completely Run by Wind Power

Sustainability Street

Transition Town Network

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

World Mayors Council on Climate Change

urb.im: A global community working for just and sustainable cities

The Global Transition to a New Economy



Sustainable Resources Network

Institute for Sustainable Communities

Local Harvest



Green Towns


Danny Martin