Contributing Monkie Boise Thomas
Published on October 11, 2007
I don’t need ‘80s pop music to know that the children are our future, but I agree to teach them well and let them lead the way, absolutely! That’s why I was stoked to see an invitation in my e- inbox today from the University of California at Los Angeles’ Sustainable Resource Center! UCLA’s SRC hosts a gathering for its students that teaches them how to be “G”. There are also programs for the community.
Their vision is spot on. Even Antonio Villaragosa, the mayor of L.A. has a quote on their site: “Let’s dare to imagine Los Angeles as the cleanest and greenest big city in America… The great cities of the 21st Century will not be famous for their factories or have smokestacks in their skylines. They won’t be the traditional homes of polluting or extractive industries. They’ll be places where residents are at home in vibrant, clean and sustainable communities.”
What is Sustainability? For those of you who overslept and came late to class: UCLA’s SRC defines it as “The integration of economic prosperity, environmental health and social equity into viable systems which will function effectively in our common future. Sustainability is about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
As for teaching the children, the time is now. It’s probably not a good idea for any student body to wait for their local politicians to lead the way. It’s up to them to make the difference. It’ll give them a sense of pride.
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