DEMARUS | BY THE SEA

Defining sustainable worldviews, values, and behavior.

I grew up with a set of values that continue to guide us. Our traditional values are shared across North American indigenous cultures and they are a reflection of sustainable principles. Missing from the mainstream definition of sustainability is the recognition of the need for a strong foundation of ethics, values, and moral codes. My blog is an exploration of the definition of sustainability from the Native American perspective. My passion is to share a worldview of the true triple bottom line: people are part of the planet.

 

February 22, 2018

I grew up with two posters that reminded me of who I am and where I come from. One hung on the wall in Nome, it listed Inupiaq values like respect for the land, respect for our elders, sharing, and being humble. I was very young and I found these values repeated in the...

December 27, 2017

News of an environmental disaster is usually followed by some version of this commentary:

"What a shame. Humans don't know how to live in harmony with nature."

"When humans are gone, nature will recover. The world would be better off without us."

"The problem is too many...

July 5, 2017

My happy place is not fictional, it is not an ice cave, it is not an imaginary meadow. My happy place is real, it is where I formed my sense of self. It is where I feel a deep physical and spiritual connection to the land.

I spent many years away from my happy place. I...

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