"...big corporations are...adept at manipulating the rhetoric of sustainability... But craft does have a special advantage. In the effort to promote more self-aware ways of living, the simple act of making by hand signifies direct engagement with an object, and therefore a degree of personal responsibility."In other words, being green is not just something that we ask of our nation's corporations as a marketing strategy, but a responsibility we take in our own hands and that we learn through crafting objects of useful beauty.
In this week's Time Magazine, Joel Stein presents a study showing that despite what we may have been led to believe, "Generation Y" is less green in real terms and in actual fact than the Baby Boom generation that seems to have made such a mess of things. Stein, noted for his wit states: "Turns out Gen Y is as green as an oil spill." Stein's article, It's not easy being green can be read here. There is a direct connection between the making of things, an understanding of the materiality of our small planet, the origins of ideas, and an understanding of the interconnectedness of all things. If we've had children untrained in the making of things, they may be also missing the values that are imparted through craftsmanship.
On a different subject, Joe Youcha's Building Boats to Teach Math project is leaping ahead and has morphed into theTeaching With Small Boats Alliance. Check out the conference that is coming up on April 27, 28 and 29.
Make, fix and create...