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Hula is a uniquely Hawaiian form of dance that has become known worldwide. Anywhere from hula portrayed by classic old movies to the intense Merrie Monarch Festival to the toy hula girl wiggling on a trucker’s dashboard, most everybody knows something about hula. It has been described as the spirit of Hawaii and the keeper of Hawaiian folklore. Hula has been persecuted and resurrected among its own people. It has been kept alive through secrecy and the unwillingness to forget or give in. Hula has flourished in the hearts and minds of those who have had the opportunity to learn it. Through hulas own strength it has become essential to so many people’s lives world-wide, that it has become a way of life.
The most frequent thought in my head when thinking about sustainability is the obvious problem of how food is being manufactured and consumed world-wide today. With the world’s human population at 7 billion, and growing by approximately 25 million a year it is hard to imagine how we all have enough food to survive. In 8000 B.C., the population of the world was approximately 5 million and over the 8,000-year period up to 1 A.D. it grew to 200 million. Then, an enormous growth came with the industrial revolution. It had
“Get Wise! Legalize!” is a catchy little phrase stolen from a petitioners sign to legalize marijuana here in Hawaii (honolulumagazine.com). Legalizing marijuana is now becoming not just a debate but a movement and it is gaining momentum across the nation.
Started in 2004 by the now infamous Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook started as a small social-networking site for Harvard students. By 2005 other Universities were using Facebook and shortly after High School students were joining too and in 2006 Facebook went public. Much simpler than its predecessor Myspace, Facebook offered users the ability to socialize without the promoting of other media properties.
Not all things that are called sustainable today can be proven to be so. It is man-kinds’ nature to be near sighted and to not see the long term effects that they have on the earth. Whole civilizations have disappeared repeatedly throughout history and I believe it is due to a lack of awareness. In order to create things that are truly sustainable we must be willing to look further into the future and be able to understand and learn from the past.
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