Esmeralda Guevara, Larry M Frolich
Lewis Thomas
1978
Esmeralda Guevara, Larry M Frolich
“The Good Life” or El Buen Vivir:
A North-South Binary of Sustainability and Conservation.
PRESENTATION VENUE:
Earth Ethics Institute Council
http://www.earthethicsinstitute.org/index.asp
Sponsored by:
Esmeralda Guevara, Ph.D.
PUCE-SI
Ibarra-Ecuador
www.esmeche.com
Larry M Frolich, Ph.D.
Miami Dade College
Wolfson Campus, Natural Sciences
Fulbright Scholar, Ecuador, 2011
www.LarryFrolich.com
Esmeralda Guevara, Larry M Frolich
binaries
El Buen Vivir
0
“The Good Life”
1
Esmeralda Guevara, Larry M Frolich
El Buen Vivir
“The Good Life”
International Futures Forum
Esmeralda Guevara, Larry M Frolich
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
Esmeralda Guevara, Larry M Frolich
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
Esmeralda Guevara, Larry M Frolich
Natality/Birth Rate (BR)
Energy and Birth Rates: A biological principle
0.05 kg
mouse 0.2 W
BR = 100
(Melanie Moses &
James Brown, 2000)
5000 kg
elephant 1200 W
BR = 4
monkey
10 kg
20 W
BR = 12
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
• 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)
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? Reverse transference
El Buen Vivir
historically
dominates
IDEAS
integrate
• People are Sacred
• BioCultural Life-Scape
VALUES
• Family
• Children
• Conversation
• Togetherness
TECHNOLOGIES
• Home-grown
• Artesanal
integrate
integrate
“The Good Life”
IDEAS
• 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
Los múltiples
fuentes de
alimentación
www.SustEd.org
Class in Management of Information Resources,
PUCE-SI, Campus Virtual, Septiembre 2011
www.LarryFrolich.com
www.esmeche.com
Esmeralda Guevara, Larry M Frolich
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