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Sustainability is, “Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”  -1987 United Nations Brundtland Report

In DuPage County, we must strive to meet the needs of people, the environment, and the economy- in balance.

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Each of our mission projects is designed with the aim of strengthening the local economy, creating an equitable future for our neighbors, and healing the ecosystem.

Join your fellow DuPagers- build DuPage’s sustainability culture, with us!

 

 

 

For thousands of years, all across our planet, young humans were raised up with an understanding of human belonging within the ecosystem, and it forged our shared identity as humans. For the first time in history, a majority of human beings alive today are carrying out their lives with the belief that they are completely disconnected from Earth’s ecosystems. Many of us have never lived within a truly sustainable culture, so we don’t know what sustainability culture means to us. Sustain DuPage is healing human relationships to other lifeforms within our ecosystem through the learning and practice of a sustainability culture.

 

Ecoliberation is a reconsideration of human belonging and purpose. It is a recognition that humans have the ability to walk in two worlds. Human beings are animals, (descending from unicellular life born to Earth’s oceans millions of years ago) and so we belong within the ecosystem world. But we have also developed a unique sentience which sets us apart from other animals- and so we also belong within the human world. Ecoliberation is the idea that humans can embrace belonging in both worlds. Ecoliberation is the understanding that when we liberate the ecosystem from human abuse we are also liberating ourselves, because we belong as a part of the ecosystem and the ecosystem belongs as a part of us.