Sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In addition to natural resources, we also need social and economic resources. Sustainability is not just environmentalism. Embedded in most definitions of sustainability we also find concerns for social equity and economic development.
Hi my name is Judith Elaine, and I would like to talk you you about sustainability.
I know what you are thinking. Does she want to talk about the depletion of natural resources right now?
Yes, right now. I want to talk about sustainable development within communities to meet the needs of the generation without compromising their future. Therefore, lets talk about working together to create sustainable communities that allow generations to meet their own needs, to build their own strengths. No matter the age, diagnosis, or ability.
Project Autism is all about grassroots. It is about change from the ground up, and it is all the people and things in our control, and outside our control, that impact us, our families, our community and the world around us. From every seed we plant to every interaction we have, there is an opportunity for people to connect, learn, share and grow … see where I am going with this? Even the most simple of acts can create sustainable environments which is, in my opinion, the future!
We also know that the people most affected by a problem, are the ones most likely engage, unite and find solutions. Grassroots movements are formed by community – families, friends, teachers, therapists. People. People who work together to create what is needed. Workshops, classes, sports programs, and other events designed to cater to the needs within a community. We have two large Project Autism grassroots efforts, one that serves Mississauga and Halton, and another in York Region. Both run the same way.
But what makes these grassroots efforts so special is that they are continuous, they are organic in approach – ever-changing, growing, and evolving to what the community needs in order – to build – you guessed it — communities that are sustainable.
See if we are truthful, and I am hoping we are. What we do today for our children, will have an impact on their future – and on their lives, and our lives as well. The more sustainable a community is – the stronger the foundation. More accessible no matter the age. Project Autism is all about starting early (never too young) and using a ‘one thousand times’ – methodology. Only after one thousand can you give up!! I think it is pretty realistic, but just last week one of our senior level participants, who is 34 years old asked quite seriously, “What if it takes 10,000 times?”
If the community is built on sustainability, then it should not matter how many times, should it.