Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese

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Little Libraries and Communal Sustainability

librariesI was recently walking through Queen Anne when I spotted something rather extraordinary in the front lawn of the house to my left. Standing atop a wooden post was a white box with a clear door that opened to a small selection of books, nestled tightly inside, waiting for the right person to come along and choose them. The writing on the box made it clear that an honest person could do just that, so long as they had another book on them that they were willing to part with. The exterior of the book-house read:

Little Free Library

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Treading Lightly on the Earth

“She walks lightly upon the earth. She knows the truth: We’re as likely to hurt the universe as we are to help it” The Fault in Our Stars, John Green.

images (5)John Green’s newest book takes an intriguing stance on nobility. Like many authors, he explores what makes a hero. But while his contemporaries advocate for obtusely noble qualities like bravery and self-sacrifice, The Fault in Our Stars impresses the heroism of treading lightly upon the earth. 

This memorable statement can be read in many ways. Though the novel explores gentle living vision in mainly social terms, it’s environmental message isn’t too far of a stretch. Just by living, we interact and change our environment. And Green’s message of living gently for the least impact resonates with audiences, partially because he examples such living by two cancer-ridden teenagers. Continue reading