Can we decouple sociological from ecological resilience?

During Prof. Willis’ Q&A session, it was called into question whether sociological and ecological resilience are necessarily in harmony, and a picture was painted of a society so technologically advanced that it didn’t need to draw on natural resources in order to maintain itself. Indeed such a state of being is so desirable, it’s almost hard to imagine what it could look like. And while it’s certainly worth aspiring to, the current state of affairs is such that even the most affluent countries are far from achieving it.

Meanwhile, less technologically-integrated communities, which often depend more directly on the environment for their well-being, are demonstrating considerable resourcefulness in furthering the resilience of their localities. In An Environmentalism of the Poor, Liz Fouksman of The Oxonian Review  explores the fascinating case of Beliqo, a pastoralist community in Kenya that is tapping into human knowledge networks and legal structures in order to enable eco-cultural preservation of their community and habitat: http://www.oxonianreview.org/wp/an-environmentalism-of-the-poor/

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