January 2014 Auburn Sustainability News
Auburn Sustainability News

Interconnectedness & the Compass of Sustainability

“When we try to pick out anything by itself,
we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” 
John Muir

“Ultimately, as quantum physics showed so dramatically, there are not parts at all. 
What we call ‘a part’ is merely a pattern in an inseparable web of relationships.”
Fritjof Capra

Sustainability Compass:  ©AtKisson Group
Compass Image: Courtney Windham

John Muir’s comment, written early in the 20th Century, was a poetic expression of a personal epiphany that came to him in nature, no doubt during one of his extended wilderness experiences.  He felt in a deeply intuitive and spiritual way that everything is connected. 

Muir knew nothing of quantum physics, which was just beginning to evolve as he wrote this famous line.  He had no idea that science would prove the literal truth of his profound personal insight.   Physicist Fritjof Capra’s statement may not be as poetic, but it is just as profound… and perhaps a little unsettling.

Sustainability is like that: profound, and a little unsettling.  And, like Muir and Capra, sustainability makes a big deal about the interconnectedness of all things.

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Campus Conversation on Invasive Species

Jan. 30th

12:30 pm
Student Center
rm 2216

Brought to you by the Donald E. Davis Arboretum and the Office of Sustainability.

AP survey: US income gap is holding back economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn't bad just for individuals.

It's hurting the U.S. economy.

(read the full story at AP)

Spirit of Sustainability Awards Nominations through January 31st

Click the above image to go to the Spirit of Sustainability Awards website where you can find a link to the nomination form.

Slowly, Asia’s Factories Begin to Turn Green

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — When Intel went about setting up its chip factory in Vietnam, it found an oddity: Local laws did not govern every aspect of the building.

(read the full story at The New York Times)


The Sustainability Compass

If you would like to download a copy of our sustainability compass poster click the above poster or here.

How Cheap China-Manufactured Goods Impact U.S. Air Quality

Cities like Los Angeles have been getting an extra smog-filled day per year, and a new study suggests that our demand for products made across the Pacific Ocean have a lot to do with it.

(read the story on EcoNews)
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