SUSTAINABILITY AND CULTURE

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Our main aim is to explore and advance long term sustainability in both enviromental resources and creative work.

Sustainability can have many definitions according to the area of culture and human life it is applied to. Whether sustainability refers to environmental, economic, cultural or political sustainability or all of them together, one thing is sure: they all, either alone or together, aim at the long term betterment of the quality of human life.

In ecological terms, ‘sustainability’ translates to not being harmful to the environment or destroying natural resources. It is the durability of systems and processes supporting ecological balance. Not taking too much or more than your share and keeping in mind that we all live here and leave this place for others that come after us, is what sustainability could be described as. It also includes addressing the issues of short term profit in exchange for long term prosperity that spans decades to the future. It is the whole picture that needs to be looked at, not only the small glimpse of the world we get to observe during our own lifetime.

We acknowledge that creative work is also in a situation where reasonable sustainability of living is in danger. The global emphasis on short term profitability endangers the very foundation of our means to communicate as humans of a global species. We believe that by building strong global contacts between people, senses, technology, information and action, we can turn the culture towards a more sustainable direction.

Global Senses concentrates on environmental sustainability, culture and art, and the usage of sustainable energy such as solar and wind power in relation to artistic work. Our aim is to explore sustainability in culture, how to use renewable energies in artistic work and how to make energy sustainability more reachable to everyone through culture and art. Along with environmental sustainability, we also want to focus on professional sustainability which means furthering the continuity in artists’ careers. We feel that long term prosperity is as vital to a working artist as to environmental sustainability.

We have observed environmentally sustainable development and discovered that it is centered rather strongly on technology. That is why our approach to environmental sustainability is firmly rooted in humanism. We feel that bringing people, culture and art together could be one of the solutions on how to bring awareness more firmly to a grassroot level. We want to promote a vision of a society that includes every individual in the building and creating of new and creative energy and culture.

 

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.
– Robert Swan, a polar explorer and environmentalist –