The point: to focus the skills, knowledge, experience and good will of those who have moved here for good and those who have lived here for generations towards a healthy future for ourselves, our children and the land that supports us.
It is about roots and continuity, about adaptability and ingenuity, about a deep and perpetual love of our lineage of kin and culture, county and country.
It is about sustainability. That’s a good word, but it suffers from too wide a scope and too frequent usage to mean different things for different people.
What does it mean here and now as we look forward to Floyd County’s future in a rapidly changing world of morphing climate, economy and relationship to work and travel, agriculture and commerce?
That was the central issue at last night’s SustainFloyd open meeting, though the practical focus was more immediately on the upcoming 350 event, since a sustainable atmosphere is an urgent matter whose fate, to no small degree, will be set in Copenhagen in December. Our efforts are part of a much larger work that cannot be deferred until later. Be sure and visit 350.org and see how your community can participate.
It was disappointing but not surprising: those who came last night were mostly those already in the choir. There was a good bit of conversation of how to bridge that gap, to share with the reluctant or unconvinced of all stripes, and especially with the more traditional and deeply rooted segments of our community who need to understand that, with regard to the word “sustainability”, the “new” focus on the future of Floyd is really only a desire and urgent need to return to what many of them already know and practice in living in right relationship to the sun-soil system that has sustained us for many generations.