Sustainability Lessons from the Great Depression

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Whether or not our current, slow economic recovery will last depends on who you talk to. But either way, you'd hope that we can learn from the last few years—and from the crises of our past too.

From recession-ready living for frugal sustainability to great stimulus ideas from the Great Depression, Lloyd has been digging in to the parallels between our current financial and ecological crisis and the challenges of the Great Depression for some time. But he's not the only one.

Janaia Donaldson of Peak Moment TV—the folks who have brought us videos of a sailboat Community Supported Agriculture program and neighbors removing fences and starting gardens—sat down with her own mother, Rowena Donaldson, to talk about her experiences of the Great Depression.

From making do with less through the value of hard work to finding the joy in the simple things in life, there are plenty of important lessons to learn from this beautiful video. For all our talk of the Plenitude Economy, it's worth remembering that many of the ideas we are exploring have been around for a very, very long time.

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