Human beings have benefited for millennia from earth self-regulating and creating an environment conducive for humans to thrive drawing from its various services such as water, materials, food and energy. While the environment is a combination of our natural ecosystems and the human economy, industrialization represented a rapid dislocation between society and the ecosystem.
It is apparent that the industrial revolution ushered in an unprecedented global human impact on the planet, exponential growth of human economic activity prevailed resulting in almost all indicators of economy and ecosystem changing at an exponential rate from population growth, to loss of species, to energy consumption
Changes in major earth’s systems can be directly linked with changes related to the global economic system. These changes and their potential consequences are being made most explicit to us through the changes and climate that we are currently witnessing - A recognition that this stable geological era has ended. That the biosphere can no longer stabilize itself within the same equilibrium that has benefitted societies in the past and a clear realization that the global economy is now the primary driver of change within ecosystems.
This is a new phenomenon that we are yet to understand its consequences at scale. One that dictates consideration at design stage by Government, corporation or community.
Sustainability in context delineates the unifying of parts of a system, process or community to endure over a period of time, an emergent feature of whole systems approach and how sustainable it is can be understood in terms of its overall efficiency.
Our traditional silo approach to systems development negates value in the connections that interrelates them into effective systems. When communities become unproductive at operating within their environments, they become gross consumers only producing more entropy rendering most activities unsustainable.
Ecosystems management can no longer be ad hoc solutions patched into the side of the economy. This new context requires that it becomes central part of what the economy is and does, and this requires accounting for and incorporating both social and natural capital in market structures.
This process of incorporating the inherent value of ecosystems in to economic metric will requires engagement at all levels. CCSB’s target intervention at community groups’ level provides an ideal nucleus for project implementation from design.
How we do it...
Creating sustainable lives and livelihoods around new approach to economy is disruptive and unpredictable requiring diligent application of technical resource and heavy reliance on data for decision making. CCSB approach is through a 3-stage-process geared to embed sustainability from design level.
Generating verifiable and actionable data on resources with derivative value, natural ecosystems and their interrelationships.
project identification and design
Community participation in project ideation is backed by science based evidence to conceptualize sustainable livelihoods.
Enhancing communities capacities for climate change adaptation, mitigation and overall sustainable systems while generating practical local knowledge.Knowledge transfer is bi-directional.