We’ve talked on and on the past eight weeks about what sustainability is and how to go about implementing sustainable practices but we haven’t touched very much on the idea of opportunity and access. Though I’m sure we all have come to understand and appreciate the importance of sustainability there will always be the question of whether or not many of the practices are available to everyone in every class in every place all around the world.
Breakthrough Communities is a book that deals with the concept that lower income families and people who live in rural areas lack access to sustainable practices and are often more at risk of pollution and things such as that due to their social status. The text offers several case studies where topics such as food security, safe and affordable housing, and transportation are examined and through them we are able to gain knowledge that will empower readers to be able to take a stand and fight for their human rights.
One of the hardest obstacles to overcome when dealing with a lack of access to sustainable practices is being unaware that you are without that access. This book is a great tool to use if you are at all confused about the things that we have been discussing or even if you simply want to know more. Through the initiatives of this text many different situations have been examined in more depth about how it is and why it is that some people don't make sustainability very important in their lives. The first step to change is understanding and after reading this book you will gain a world of understanding about why people don't always have sustainability practices readily available to them.
When trying to make a change it is important to understand all sides of the story and equip yourself with all of the information that you need in order to make the right decision. That said, I will leave you all with this quote; "There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them" - Denis Waitley