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no room for hipsters

the occupation of Ashley and Levon

(from ashley)

Written upon reading a comment on our “why there isn’t any room for hipsters” page.

I continue to wrestle with my role as a human, particularly one situated in such a resourced society.  As a living being, from eating to painting, I will consume.  To be human and partake in culture requires consuming more.

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If we wish to minimize our footprint while engaging in our community and our creative potential, then we must walk in the muddle of compromise.

So what is our action? I don’t have the answer in its entirety. But I don’t believe the complexity of our problem should stop us from, at the very least, nibbling at its edges.

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Perhaps the first step is to examine and understand our values and priorities. Following, we must acknowledge the resources necessary for and the consequences of pursuing those priorities.  These first steps should be the largest portion of our work toward sustainability and justice because if we are misaligned from the beginning, any effort to “green” our activities is but a band-aid on a festering sore.  Finally, we must approach the pursuit of our passions with an unwavering intent to keep our planet and all of its inhabitants healthy (I use this word in the broadest of senses).

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