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Way ahead clear for sustainable future

WA, you may not be aware, actually means: Way Ahead. Both way ahead of the rest of the mob in doing lots of things better, and way ahead by pointing in the right direction for a healthy sustainable future.

Two quick examples of what is happening now.

A wise group of well educated and clear thinking Perthites are establishing a modern village – Rosneath – down near Dunsborough, based on the principles of permaculture and sustainable human-environment harmony. Blocks are selling well.

Another example, the Sustainable Business Network (sustainbusnet@-paradigm4.com.au), born in Fre-mantle, has a vibrant flourishing Internet list where myriad discussions take place between very real business people running their various businesses in ways to support a balanced society and healthy planet.

After 200 years of being conditioned to believe anything new, exciting, innovative, and powerful always happens somewhere else, we are awakening to what people around the world, such as respected futurist Charles Handy, have suspected for quite some time.

Much of what we do and how we do it in WA is a living model for how the rest of the world must become if we are to survive as a species.

For all kinds of historical reasons, we are in the right place at the right time with many of the right attitudes and skills to lead the way into a very exciting future – a future that will look quite different to today.

In spite of the Group of 7.

A recent posting on the Sustain-able Business Network list raises a hot issue circulating on many such lists around the globe in this lead up time to the next Group of 7 summit in Koln, Germany from 18 to 20 June.

What will the seven most powerful heads of state discuss around the common table? What questions will they be answering?

The SBN posting cites the Culture Jammers Network (jammers@ad-busters.org) suggestion that the most important question for the G7 to address revolves around the question: Is economic ‘progress’ killing the planet?

The culture jammers feel so strongly about the urgency for our leaders to look at where our global economy is heading (diving), they are organising posters, t-shirts, billboards, ads in newspapers, radio and TV spots and so on to get the public thinking and hopefully to pressure the G7 to face up to the question.

The culture jammers aim for reporters at the closing press conference in Koln on 20 June to ask three questions of President Clinton: how do you measure economic progress (eg, should we consider the Exxon Valdez spill a ‘success’ since it boosted GDP?), how do you determine if the economy is healthy or sick and are we moving forward or backward?

Big questions. The G7 leaders may respond by doing that most popular of dances, the Politician – three steps forward, two steps back, side-step, side-step and turn around.

But we in WA are way ahead of them in understanding the answers as well as the questions – aren’t we?

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