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Greg Watson MAS 2018 v2

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Presentation for 2018 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference in Plymouth, MA

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Greg Watson MAS 2018 v2

  1. 1. Historic Roots of Our Sustainable Future Greg Watson Making Sustainability History The 2018 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference Plymouth, Massachusetts | April 27, 2018 Personal Reflections
  2. 2. My Roots: Cleveland, Ohio Cuyahoga River | 1960s
  3. 3. Lake Erie | 1960s My Roots: Cleveland, Ohio
  4. 4. A Time of Change
  5. 5. Sustainable Development vs. Growth Challenge Toolkit Strategy
  6. 6. Boston Urban Gardeners A Pre-Internet Virtual Organization/Community Dedicated to Helping People Grow Food In the City
  7. 7. Do More With Less : The New Alchemy
  8. 8. “Crisis In Yankee Agriculture” Trends
  9. 9. Working together, Massachusetts urban consumers and rural farmers help save the state’s farm sector and much of its remaining prime agricultural soils.
  10. 10. A Sustainable Urban Revitalization Plan
  11. 11. Challenge Conventional Wisdom
  12. 12. A New Economics
  13. 13. Community Land Trusts | Community Supported Agriculture
  14. 14. Global Search For Best Practices
  15. 15. Cuba’s Agroecology Movement
  16. 16. Designed Bottom Up by Farmers Polyculture Mulch Manure Nitrogen-Fixing Plants Intensive Planting Successional Planting Companion Planting Raised Beds Vermi-culture Permaculture Integrated Pest Management
  17. 17. Sovereignty vs. Security ▪ Land Redistribution ▪ Small Landholdings ▪ Food Sovereignty ▪ Family Farms ▪ Farmer-to-Farmer ▪ Gender Equality ▪ Cooperatives ▪ Resource Efficiency
  18. 18. Our Existential Threats
  19. 19. Politics of Pollution The urgent need for transforming our energy infrastructure
  20. 20. Solutions That Transcend Either/Or
  21. 21. New Tools for Sustainability? ❑Artificial Intelligence ❑Analytics ❑Big Data ❑Blockchain ❑Cryptocurrency ❑Geoengineering ❑Internet of Things ❑Nanotechnology ❑ ? ❑ ? ❑ ? ❑?
  22. 22. “The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Design It” R. Buckminster Fuller Global Energy Interconnection | World Grid
  23. 23. Dare to be naive gregwatson@centerforneweconomics.org

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