Sustainabilism is the approach for achieving environmentally sustainable human well-being.

Econation’s mission is to highlight the ways that enhance and contribute to the wellbeing of both people and planet. We also uncover and criticise the ways that harm the wellbeing of both people and planet. It just so happens that generally speaking what is best for people is best for the planet and vice versa. This makes sense because what is bad for the planet must ultimately be bad for people. With this in mind, we have developed a set of ways that will help you practice sustainabilism.

Over the coming months, we will elaborate on each item and perhaps add more.

“We must realize that when basic needs have been met, human development is primarily about being more, not having more.”
– from ‘The Earth Charter

The Ways of Sustainabilism

Be true to yourself and others and live an authentic life on your own terms.

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Take full responsibility for yourself and your actions. You are responsible for your own well-being, for doing no harm and for being a moral and active agent in life.

Sufficiency is enough for a life of well-being – so take only what you need and nothing more. Being self-sufficient increases your freedom and resilience as well as reducing your ecological footprint.

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Do what you know to be right and thereby be the change you want to see in the world.

Enjoy life’s journey but leave no trace. Every person should leave the world as they found it, or better than they found it.

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This is not some sentimental notion, love is the glue that holds society together. To love is to save ourselves from disconnection, isolation and selfishness. To love is the greatest gift a human can give.

If you support someone else to thrive, that is not a sacrifice, that is a gift. It might seem counter-intuitive that being kind and generous aids our survival fitness and being selfish hinders it, but it is true. When we voluntarily help others we are helping ourselves because we are increasing the amount of trust, goodwill and solidarity in society and that is good for everyone. All for one and one for all. 

All people are deeply connected with each other, with nature and with the whole universe. Inner well-being is very important and comes from tapping into the common core we share with everything.

Wisdom is the highest virtue because it drives all the others. Wisdom is knowing what is right and using that knowledge to live an authentic life.

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Environmental sustainability happens when ecological footprints are smaller than what nature can continue to provide. So the practice of sustainability is to reduce your ecological footprint.

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