2SustainKnotI know this winter will someday come to an end, and signs of spring will start to show, but kind of spring do we face? It’s hard to know how to plan for this new climate we live in, especially as it seems to change on a weekly basis.  It’s as if the whole world is wobbling and my legs along with it.  The economy, the environment, the government, even our society seems to be shaking, with the people trying to grab onto anything that will help them stabilize their world.

That stable platform is hard to find sometimes, even though it is always with us.  It’s as simple as family, community, the environment and our own abilities.  It’s what makes sustainability, a platform of things that we need to rely, and keep in mind for all our decisions.  While some people work to try and turn climate shift around, most of us need to focus on living with whatever the “new normal,” is.  The greater shifts are out of our hands, but the ways in which we live in our world, our own homes, is in our control.  Sustainability practices, which includes learning more about the world around us, give us those tools to make the choices, and the knowledge that we gain will help us make those choices as best we can.

Our center, the Hearth, is trying to raise the funds to operate our program, but also to spread some tools around for other groups to build on.  We have started our “Local Links” program, and in so doing, I am launching our “Sustainability Knot.”  I hope that it will serve as a symbol of integration, stability, tools and guidance. That’s a lot for a little knot, but it is a very stable platform to build on, whether it is a program or a lanyard, a potholder or a necklace.

The knot is woven from the environment, the community, food and individuals.  Community includes government, the economy, the arts and moral issues.  Food is our link between the planet and ourselves, and brings community together. The earth is vital to our food, and is part of our community.
By the way we treat all of those things determines the health of the whole platform.  Each loop holds another loop in, but if we don’t keep options open, such as trimming the lines too short, the whole thing falls apart.  This is not unlike our planet’s situation. We need to be open constantly to learning and including new thoughts, for when we become complacent, the effort needed to hold the world together is no longer present, and it is no longer sustainable.

I have ordered the first of a set of pins with “The Sustainability Knot,” on them. They will be for sale for $1.50 including shipping and handling.  I invite you to purchase one, or many, display your “Local Links” for the world to see, or put them with your name tag.  Order more and sell them to support your organization.

Sustainability is a beautiful concept, but can be difficult to understand to some people. This graphic, admittedly not designed by an artist, shows how interconnected we need to be, and illustrate the idea for those who are more visually oriented.

If you’d like to order a Sustainability Knot pin, please visit www.northcountrysustain.org/Knot.html or find us on Facebook at North Country Sustainability Center or on Twitter at #Revivor.  I hope to hear from you soon.