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“The Good Life” or El Buen Vivir: A North-South Binary of Sustainability and Conservation. PRESENTATION VENUE: INDIGENOUS REVIVAL AND SACRED SITES CONSERVATION An international State-of-the-Art Conference. April 5-7, 2012 http://geog.ggy.uga.edu/labs/

Esmeralda Guevara, Ph.D. PUCE-SI Ibarra-Ecuador www.esmeche.com

Sponsored by:

Larry M Frolich, Ph.D. Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, Natural Sciences Fulbright Scholar, Ecuador, 2011 www.LarryFrolich.com Esmeralda Guevara, Larry M Frolich


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Lewis Thomas 1978

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binaries

El Buen Vivir

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“The Good Life”

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El Buen Vivir

International Futures Forum

“The Good Life”

Th e Te Tra ch ns no fer Va lo o lu gy f Id es an e a d s

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SUSTAINABILITY El Buen Vivir What sustains us? • El Buen Vivir •

Eduardo Gudynas, Alberto Acosta: Sumak Kawsay--A relation with Pachamama

• Max-Neef—nine basic human

“The Good Life” How do we sustain the earth? • not with “The Good Life” • Reduce,Reuse,Recycle • Herman Daly—the Earth is a limiting factor

needs subsistence protection affection understanding participation leisure creation Identity freedom

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CHILD-RAISING

What is more fundamental to sustainability (and the future) than how we raise our children?

El Buen Vivir

“The Good Life�

Criar = nourish

Raise or bring up = levantar

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Natality/Birth Rate (BR)

Energy and Birth Rates: A biological principle 0.05 kg mouse 0.2 W BR = 100

(Melanie Moses & Jam Brown, 2000)

Ma mm monkey 10 kg 20 W BR = 12

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ate s

5000 kg elephant 1200 W BR = 4

human metabolic 60 kg 130 W BR = 7

30,000 kg

human 10,000 W extra-metabolic BR < 2

Size of individual/Energy Use Esmeralda Guevara, Larry M Frolich


Energy and Birth Rates: A biological principle

Data from Moses & Brown (2000) Esmeralda Guevara, Larry M Frolich


DEMOGRAPHICS LOW ENERGY USE • Population Increase • Examples: Ecuador, Latino U.S. • Sustainability means El Buen Vivir HIGH ENERGY USE • Population Decline • Examples: Italy, Greece, Spain, Suburban U.S. • Sustainability means not “The Good Life” Esmeralda Guevara, Larry M Frolich


CHILD-RAISING The binary calls balance: What is more fundamental to sustainability (and the for future) than how we raise our children? El Buen Vivir

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Good Lifeâ&#x20AC;?

Criar = nourish

Raise or bring up = levantar

A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE is a balance in this binary (which means balance in power use)

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CHILD-RAISING The binary calls balance: What is more fundamental to sustainability (and the for future) than how we raise our children? El Buen Vivir • Low-Technology Criar = nourish • Low Energy Use • High Fertility means population increase • Child-raising is criar, nourish, dependence on family

“The Good Life” • High-Technology Raise or bring up = levantar • High Energy Use • Low Fertility means population in decline • Child-raising is “growing up” to be independent

A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE is a balance in this binary (which means balance in power use)

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CONSERVATION El Buen Vivir “The Good Life” What will be the approach to conservation? LOW-TECH, LOW-ENERGY-USE FAMILY CHILD

HIGH-TECH, HIGH-ENERGY-USE INDEPENDENT CHILD

• • •

Sacred means religious and spirited by people World is composed of biocultural land- or life-scapes. “El Buen Vivir” means living in the place and in the moment. All are Welcome— Bienvenidos!

• •

Sacred means spirited by “God,” not people “Natural” refers to an area or a park without people “The Good Life” means backpacking into a natural or “wilderness” area LNT: “Leave No Trace” philosophy Esmeralda Guevara, Larry M Frolich


way of life National Park CONSERVATION

El Buen Vivir

“The Good Life”

What will be the approach to conservation? LOW-TECH, LOW-ENERGY-USE FAMILY CHILD

HIGH-TECH, HIGH-ENERGY-USE INDEPENDENT CHILD

• • •

Sacred means religious and spirited by people World is composed of biocultural land- or life-scapes. “El Buen Vivir” means living in the place and in the moment. All are Welcome— Bienvenidos!

• •

Sacred means spirited by “God,” not people “Natural” refers to an area or a park without people “The Good Life” means backpacking into a natural or “wilderness” area LNT: “Leave No Trace” philosophy Esmeralda Guevara, Larry M Frolich


WHAT IS NEEDED?

El Buen Vivir

integrate People are Sacred BioCultural Life-Scape

VALUES • Family • Children • Conversation • Togetherness TECHNOLOGIES • Home-grown • Artesanal

“The Good Life”

historically dominates

IDEAS

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Reverse transference

integrate

integrate

IDEAS

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Sacredness of Nature Wilderness Areas

VALUES • Stability • Independence • Self-Motivated • Consume Media TECHNOLOGIES • Digital • Bio-Engineering Esmeralda Guevara, Larry M Frolich


Thank You’s and Propaganda

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