Mission statement: Culture Change
Culture Change presents a
vision of a sustainable futureís requisites, and how we are on our way.
Cultural change has happened on a massive, rapid scale, resulting in much
global destruction of nature. Our mission is less to chart the change that
has happened, or concentrate on what changes are underway, than to promote
the changes in the dominant culture. Further, getting to the root, we
advocate the creation and survival of a new human society that loves the
Earth, respects life and honors diversity.
We see this not as a utopian dream or as a proposal,
but as an inevitability if humans are to overcome and evolve socially
beyond the ravages of civilizationís errors. An answer to todayís
global threats is not easy when there are upwards of six billion people
compounding the problem. The limits of consumption are strict; however, by
using much less nonhuman energy and generating much less entropy we
provide ourselves an opportunity for far more creativity, conviviality and
mutual cooperation. To date the piecemeal approach to solving social and
environmental problems has failed through the absence of the big-picture
context (our culture) in our considerations.
We may not be able to survey the whole field of the
emerging sustainable culture or have our magazine be a comprehensive
forum; however, Culture Change aims to understand the depth and
breadth of the needed cultural change. Our contacts and resources bring
change itself to the reader, by generating public exchange, debate and
We intend to increase our global coverage and
relevance, calling for sustainable living and local economics. Many Third
World advocates concentrate so much in social justice that the issue of
overconsumption is glossed over. What can nonindustrialized countries
consume sustainably? The First-World lifestyleís exploitation and
destruction of the Earth are not a "right" to be shared; instead
they must now be curtailed everywhere in an equitable way.