~ William Gibson
making rural sustainability happen
Starfish’s purpose is to make sustainability happen throughout rural and regional Australia and beyond. The network’s name draws on the starfish and the traditional stories of starfish which show us ways to shift to sustainability.
Clean, healthy, renewable and regenerative processes are rapidly becoming mature. Exponential advancements in communication, renewable energy, regenerative agriculture, collaborative governance and participatory decision-making are all being supported by a profound shift in human consciousness and capability. We are undoubtably within the midst of a great transition, but the drivers of this great transition aren’t all positive.
~ Buckminster Fuller
The great challenges upon us include dramatic rises in resource demand, peaking availability of resources such as oil, land and water, climate change, cumulative toxicity, massive loss of biodiversity, inter-generational trauma, conflict, poverty, global displacement and the associated loss of life and livelihoods.
Sustainability is a highly aspirational and visionary principle. It is about enhancing the quality of our life on Earth. At the same time it is about ensuring the way we live doesn’t compromise either the present or future needs of other people, other living things or the health of the Earth itself.
Starfish’s aim of realising rural and regional sustainability is about pursuing opportunities and addressing challenges that inhibit positive and sustainable change.