WNCA offers discussion course for exploration of sustainable living

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From Western North Carolina Alliance:

Details here:


To register:

Please call course leader, Isabelle Rios, at 828-258-8737 ext. 201 or email Isabelle@WNCA.org by Jan. 17.

See below or click here for the course flier and description including detailed information on weekly course content!

Course Outline:

Jan. 23: Introductions and “A Call to Sustainability”

Course books will be handed out and discussion leaders will be assigned for each class.

In this session, participants consider ways of grasping the meaning and vision of sustainability, our roles in creating a sustainable world, and the tools that can help us in this endeavor.


Feb. 6: “Ecological Principles”

Ecological principles are a core component of sustainability. In this session, participants explore some of the interconnected crises we currently face and how ecological principles can be used to address them.

Feb. 13: “Food”

Eating is an essential natural process for all living organisms, yet many of us have limited awareness of how our eating habits impact the natural world. How can we lessen our impact on the Earth through choices about the way we eat?

Feb. 20: “Community”

In their local communities, individuals can often see the power of their collective actions more clearly. How can we build supportive, interdependent relationships that help move communities to a more sustainable way of living?

Feb. 27: “Transportation”

Greenhouse gas emissions, congested roads, noise, polluted runoff and rising gas prices point to the unsustainability of our current transportation system. This session looks at the problems of our current transportation systems and how communities can diversify their transportation options.

Mar. 6: “Consumption and Economy”

For decades, increasing material consumption has been heralded as the key to economic progress and an indication of “the good life.” Is a growing economy equivalent to a healthy economy? What are other ways of measuring success, and how can we live more simply — and more richly — on Earth?

Mar. 13: “Visions of Sustainability”

In this session, participants examine the underlying assumptions and beliefs that have created our current systems. How can we make positive and lasting change in our own lives and communities?

About Hayley Benton
Former Mountain Xpress staff reporter and Clubland editor. Former culture and entertainment reporter at the Asheville Citizen-Times. Current freelance journalist. Also a coffee drinker, bad photographer, teller of stupid jokes and maker-upper of words. I can be reached at hayleyebenton@gmail.com. Follow me @HayleyTweeet

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