Sooner or later, by choice or by
we will live in a conserver
We prefer sooner, and by choice.
What is a conserver
a society that
If that sounds to
development" or a
they all mean pretty
much the same thing.
however, is a
Canadian invention -
first coined by the
Science Council of
Canada in 1973.
nuance is that the
driving force for a
conserver society is
development sees the
economy as the
principal means for
Our model of a
starts with people:
economies are a
commitment to a
To get there, we
have developed what
we call a "voluntary
strategy." It sounds
fancy, but in
reality all we are
doing is being a
catalyst for the
change that is
People are already
choosing a greener
and with innovative
campaigns, we seek
to make conservation
With your help, we
can get there:
find out where
you can improve
help others in
become a member
And if you are from
please feel free to
replicate what we
are doing here.
The strategy is
simple, and it can
be easily adapted to
fit your local
campaign based in Ontario, Canada, that promotes
the voluntary transition to a conserver society.
It is hosted by
the Conservation Council
of Ontario, an association of provincial
conservation leaders, including organizations,
businesses, municipalities and individuals.
We believe that a
conserver lifestyle, done right, is more fun,
saves money, and can save the planet. It
just doesn't get any better than that!
That's why we
think of conservation as "the art of living
What is conservation?
is "to use less", or "to protect from
decay." That's why you most often hear the
term conservation used in reference to saving
energy or protecting nature.
reality, conservation can
mean different things to different people.
Conservation is planting a tree, riding
a bike, buying energy-efficient
appliances, installing a solar panel,
choosing healthy local food,
recycling your waste -- and so much
more. The common element is that
they are all examples of living with
respect for nature.
To help define
what conservation means, we've come up with the
top ten conservation priorities.
If we all do these things, we will be well on
the road to a conserver society!
Our goal is to
make conservation easy, affordable, and
desirable. In the end, when people see
that the conserver option is a more desired way
to live, then the economic and policy will
shows that the conserver society and green
economy is on the rise, and that people see
conservation as a key to a resilient economy, to
reducing the cost of living, and to building
healthier communities. Even more important, the
evidence of a shift to a conserver society is
all around us with more and more community-based
groups and businesses that help us live better
and with a lower ecological footprint.
And that is why
we started We Conserve -- to be a catalyst for
the positive social change that is already
occurring all around us. We have developed
strategy for achieving this goal -- one
which stands as out as the first provincial or
state-level voluntary transition strategy in the
world (to our knowledge).
So take heart,
Ontario. Even in tough times, we believe it is
possible to shape a stronger and healthier
future for our children. Why? Because