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...