Sustainable Ōtautahi Christchurch
Sustaining our Future….
For our children and grandchildren to have a healthy future they will need clean air, reliable fresh water supplies, productive nearby farmland, employment opportunities and a supportive society.
Our Logo Reminds us of our vision of people/families/generations in a pleasant and sustainable environment
Sustainability – Community – Fairness – Sufficiency
SŌC seeks to educate re the meaning of strong sustainability and the changes needed in society for our vision to be realised.
This means SŌC works across the four well-beings – environmental, social, cultural, economic -and is very much involved with education about strong sustainability through all the channels available to us in an open participatory democracy.
SŌC is a “think tank” for people looking for change and looking for the best levers for change; a channel for organised informed voices to influence decision making locally, regionally, and nationally; and a shelter for people who want to progress their own ideas and their own projects within our wider kaupapa. It is part of a community of organisations and individuals who believe in working together and supporting each other, but also believe in the strength and resilience that comes from diversity and difference in the approaches to the challenges we face.
SŌC prefers to use the term “strong sustainability” defined by Sustainable Aoteaora New Zealand as:
- Strong sustainability is the prerequisite and foundation of any human development, whether social, economic or technological.
- Strong sustainability means the preservation of the integrity of all ecological systems in the biosphere.
- Ecological integrity means the ability of an ecosystem to recover from disturbance and re-establish its stability, diversity and resilience.
- A strongly sustainable human society lives and develops as an integral part of ecosystems that have ecological integrity.
- Ethics, values and ‘world views’ directly support strong sustainability because people know that they are integral to the ecological systems of the biosphere. Therefore, people desire the integrity of those systems.