"During your lifetime, the people of our culture are going to figure out how to live sustainably on this planet--or they're not. Either way, it's certainly going to be extraordinary." - Daniel Quinn


I believe that if people are to develop new and transformative ways of living sustainably they need a metaphor that inspires not just restraint but creativity and innovation, a metaphor that casts people not as tragic destroyers but native and welcome participants in the natural order.

This website is an attempt  to explore that metaphor with you. Everything here is open to debate. Discovery requires not just a willingness but an eagerness to be wrong.

All photography by Philip Loring unless otherwise noted.


About Phil Loring

Find out more about Dr. Phil Loring, his students and research at the University of Saskatchewan, and the inspiration for his work.


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The ΔS Philosophy

Many metaphors and best practices have been suggested for sustainability. The Conservation of Change is different in that it aims to link natural law with wisdom from the livelihood strategies of indigenous cultures past and present.

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