Is Sustainability Possible?

Written by Plant With Purpose on April 16, 2013 in General

Sustainability has become a buzzword in recent years. Companies are incorporating it into their marketing plans. Universities are offering it as an area of study.  And individuals concerned about their environmental impact are embracing it. But is sustainability even possible? This is the question that the Worldwatch Institute is asking in its State of the World 2013.

If you’ve never picked up a copy of State of the World, think about tracking down this edition. Engage with thought leaders as they share their reflections and research on sustainability, which may inspire or infuriate you.

You should also pick up a copy because Plant With Purpose’s very own Doug Satre has a piece included in State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?, which released today.

In “Promoting Sustainable Agriculture Through Village Banking,” Doug raises some good questions about the role of traditional microfinance as a tool to end poverty. If loans are taken out from a microfinance institution to purchase costly agricultural supplies, but the crop happens to fail, what happens to the farmer who is now further in debt? Doug highlights the  Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) program as an alternative where the community members literally become the bank. Doug goes on to explain how VSLAs are changing lives around the world as pennies add up.

Plant With Purpose believes that sustainability is possible.  

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