Habitat for a Sustainable Culture

Gary Holthaus

in Learning Native Wisdom

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780813124872
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135281 | DOI:
Habitat for a Sustainable Culture

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Sustainability is a complex thing, since when attention is drawn to one aspect of sustainability, problems in another aspect have to be address and also have to be allotted with resources. Within a community, various concerns in terms of gendered, religious, economic, racial, and ethnic elements continue to grow deeper. The common image of sustainability illustrated in various workshops today is the one of the three-legged stool which represents social life, the environment, and the economy as vital factors to facilitate a sustainable culture. While sustainability is often associated with natural resources and the environment, it is important to note that social health plays no small part in housing a sustainable culture. As language is also introduced as an important tool, it is revealed that economy may be related in a way to the two other factors, as various activities entail certain significant impacts on the environment.

Keywords: three-legged stool; social life; social health; economy; environment; sustainable culture

Chapter.  4315 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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