About

simplycarola
Hi, I teach, walk and talk sustainable food systems in tertiary education in a smallish town somewhere in Europe. I also work with horeca professionals. No, that mountain is not in Europe.

 

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simplyrainer
My epiphany came with a slice of chocolate cake in Cape Town, made by Johan Odendaal & Peter Veldsman’s team over at Emily’s. I work with professionals in the foodservice sector. We facilitate Sustainable Development.

 

What about my granny?
Sustainable development (SD) – seldom has a phrase had such an astounding career, all the while people not really being sure what its about. If you ask someone to explain SD, you’ll commonly hear “… rhubarb rhubarb … economic … mumble mumble … environment … gabble gabble … society … um ahem hmm …” or variations on a theme. Everyone feels like the double-rainbow guy “But what does it meaaaan??” Sometimes you want to shout “The SD-Emperor has no clothes on!” There’s so much theory about SD out there.

Its our belief that the Granny Generation, i.e. those who lived through WW2 and the like, know more about the practice of SD than many of us do today. We are fast losing these skills, the more prosperous our societies become. That’s not to make a case for poverty or extreme hardship. It is to make a case for the intelligent and appropriate use of our resources, for strong community, and for getting on with it. By all means, lets continue ruminating on what SD is, but puhlease! lets not forget a large dose of Common Sense. Lets bring some unbearable lightness of being into sustainability!

Oh, and since its our blog, we will, on occasion, talk about other things that we like, such as South Africa, the universe and maybe chocolate cakes.

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2 Responses to “About”

  1. pragmatic buffalo April 11, 2012 at 23:04 #

    Update on the double rainbow here: http://animalcapshunz.icanhascheezburger.com/2012/04/10/funny-animal-captions-pragmatic-buffalo-is-unimpressed/

  2. danielwalldammit April 29, 2012 at 00:43 #

    Hey there, gave you a little shout-out on my blog today. Thanks for the suggestion.

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