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Re: [East-Cobb-Economic-Sustainability] What do countries like Romania, Russia, and Lebanon have over the US when in comes to sustainability?

From: katie
Sent on: Thursday, September 22, 2011 8:50 PM
Hi Wanda, 

When is the next meeting?


Katie Pittard

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On Sep 21, 2011, at 9:38 AM, Wanda McCallum <[address removed]> wrote:

Hi All,

I wanted to share with you some amazing insights that I got from separate conversations with 3 different people who were born and raised in different countries. All of these folks go back and visit their country of origin frequently. When I asked them about how local people live from the perspective of sustainability, here is what they said:

Romania:  A friend of ours visited his homeland of Romania for 3 weeks in August. He is very interested in local, renewable sustainable living here in the US. He traveled to many towns throughout Romania  and stayed at various homes of friends and relatives, attended weddings and parties in various places throughout his 3-week visit. He said that he was surprised to see a growing mini-mall sprawl in small towns just like here in the US, but families still have gardens, root cellars (filled with potatoes, carrots, onions, apples, beets) canning of all their vegetables, summer vs. winter kitchens, and woodstoves. Many of the daily items used by local villages are manufactured nearby.  

Lebanon: A friend of ours said that when it comes to local sustainability and thriving in difficult times, when he visits his country, folks have a woodstove for heating and cooking, a summer and winter kitchen, and grow/can/store/dry food each year.

Russia: One of my clients told me how in Russia, they take their gardening seriously. Even those who live in the city often have a garden in another area that they tend to and use for growing food, storing and canning.

I think it would be safe to say that the majority of Americans do not do any of these things. Our meetup group is focused on helping you be more sustainable. How comfortable do you feel with your current self-sustainability? Do you want to grow more, do more?

Come to the next meeting and Tom and I will share what worked for us (and what didn't!) as we have added to our sustainablity this year. We'll also show you a video where you'll learn:

-The opportunities that economic downturns bring

-Choices you can make to sustain yourself financially especially as the economy continues on its rollercoaster ride

-What other countries have done historically during economic crisis.

We look forward to seeing you!!! 


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