Voices from the
Few would contest that we have an obligation to future generations: not to leave them an impoverished Earth and fragmented societies. In its simplest interpretation, sustainability is about this concern for intergenerational equity. Intellectuals and government decision makers are not alone in their concern about a longterm sustainable future. Small-scale farmers, community activists, leaders of women's groups and nongovernmental organizations ( NGOs), and parents around the world are equally committed to leaving our children a world worth inheriting.
Much has been written about sustainability, what the term means, and what a sustainable future might entail. Global policy studies of the conditions required for sustainability abound, as do grassroots initiatives to improve the lives of common people by investing in their present and future. How do the recommendations of top-down analyses mesh with the bottom-up experience of leaders and____________________