“Now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, we can see a new era emerging, one that embraces more sustainable ways of living and an interconnected world. It is marked by new attitudes to both manmade and the natural environment, and new approaches to both local and global issues. What is coming into being is nothing less than a change in cultural perspective, a new mindset, a worldwide remaking. Moving beyond ideas of modernism and postmodernism, this shared outlook promises a networked, globalized, sustainable future. The world has entered the Sustainist age.”
Positive, idealistic and bold – a perfect opening for a manifesto which signals and pleads for a change in thought and action in people’s daily lives. Sanne talked with Michiel Schwarz, a cultural thinker and co-creator of the Sustainism manifesto,at the hugely popular PICNIC festival 2012 in Amsterdam. What’s behind the idea of Sustainism, and why did he, together with designer Joost Elffers, feel the need to present it as a manifesto?