Community Unsustainable living influences the way individuals interact with one

Community unsustainable living influences the way

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Community . Unsustainable living influences the way individuals interact with one another. For instance, the increased dependence on oil has led to large areas with few places for people to gather and interact. A lifestyle that is more sustainable increases the prospects of creating and maintaining closer-knit communities. McKibben notes that our community sense has reduced as we segregate ourselves from individuals who are different from ourselves. As a result, this hyper- individualism fosters unsustainable living practices. Volunteering with a group is one way of regaining sense in the community. Irrespective of the activities, whether fostering animal welfare, caring for the homeless or finding the cure to diseases, there exist unlimited local opportunities of promoting and building communities (Simmons, 1997). Criteria that we can use to determine the occurrence of paradigm shift Change in the gross domestic product. Monitoring the level of gross product (GDP) can be significant in determining whether a paradigm shift has taken place or not. Higher levels of GDP indicate higher living standards and satisfaction levels. According to McKibben, the median wage in the United States is similar to that of thirty years ago. He claims that in 1979, the median wage was $27,050 whereas in 2005, it had slightly dropped to $25,647. By using these stats, he claims that a slight shift has occurred. If the difference between the median wages over a given period of time is significantly large, then it indicates a significant paradigm shift. Energy production. A shift in energy production will help determine a paradigm shift. McKibben (2007) uses this criteria in ascertaining that there has been a paradigm shift. He states that gone are the days when individuals heavily relied on solar power for the production of energy. He
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PARADIGM SHIFT further states that in countries such as Denmark and the Netherlands, almost half of their power projects is as a result of decentralized projects. Furthermore, beside food, energy is the most significant commodity in our lives. The current sheer energy production scale is bewildering and
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  • Spring '16
  • professor Ogudo
  • Drinking water, Energy development, Peak oil, Alternative energy, BILL MCKIBBEN

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