Why “rich” and sustainable?

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One of our readers sent us an email and asked why this is Appropedia’s vision.

Sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives.

In developing countries, we’ve sometimes found a perception that sustainability is being foisted upon them to block them from having wealth like that of wealthy nations.

That’s not the sustainability we want. Appropedia stands for fair and just sustainability. Moreover, we know that with the appropriate choices in technology and design, with access to medical care, water, sanitation, and transport, richer lives are possible. A small, well-designed passive solar house is a pleasure to live in – superior to a poorly designed mansion. Healthy soils yield fresh, abundant, delicious food. This is the prosperity we’re talking about.

These are the riches we envision for the world.

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