Issue No. 299-300, June-July 2014
Normally, in our summer double issue we focus on lighter topics. However, these are not normal times, which is why we make no excuse for presenting in this issue four big challenges confronting Auroville today - the urgent need, firstly, to acquire land; secondly, to support our farmers by eating more locally-grown food; thirdly, to take urgent action to deal with rapidly depleting water aquifers; and, last but not least, to come up with a more effective governance system for our community. All these issues are interconnected. Control of the land, good governance, healthy food, and water conservation are all indispensable elements of any attempt at sustainable living. They are also mutually-reinforcing; take one away and the rest are weakened. This is why, as individuals and as a community, we urgently need to develop spatial or systemic thinking, a sense of how the parts fit together and reinforce each other, rather than being too tightly focused on separate aspects of o...