The Sustainability Principle
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Definition: the conserve symbol


The conserve symbol is associated from an early age with the act of caring, preserving, maintaining, sustaining and being mindful of the welfare of all. This association is developed in children in Anglo-American schools as they learn basic civics and perform activities in Conservation Clubs. They are taught that conservation is recycling, reusing and in general preserving resources; planting and promoting trees; valuing and tending the soil; etc. The over-all objective of Conservation education is to provide children with a sense of connection with all so they can better lead lives that are harmonious with and sustaining of Earth.   

Samples from Internet  search on "Conservation Club"

They are also taught the Conservation Principle of Energy, which states that energy cannot be created or destroyed in a closed system – it is preserved, constant, intact, though it continually transforms. Thus we learn as children the deepest meaning of the “conserve” symbol, which is that it is acceptance of our roles as stewards of energy forms amidst the universal change. The Conservation Principle is perhaps the most profound and sustaining symbol generated in known history. It has never been disproved, despite unparalleled inquiry, and contains profound wisdom. 

These associations of the conserve principle suggest the act of caring for resources is the ultimate test of our sustainability. We fail to conserve resources and deny stewardship/change at our peril. The ultimate political, social and psychological tests are whether we are conservatives or non-conservatives of global resources. Our thoughts and words can easily be at various with our actions and it is what we do that matters.  

Abuse of the “conserve” symbol is endemic in Anglo-American societies. The symbol has been colonised by the groups who actions are some of the least conservative of all humanity. They have taken the symbol, with all its associations with universal compassion and used it to describe their political parties and policies. 


Worse, those who disagree with these policies, for instance self-styled progressives,  often associate the conserve symbol with hatred and vilification. They despise “conservatives”. 

This evidence points to the probability that both groups have one thing in common – considerable self-hatred and lack of compassion. A possible driver of this behaviour might stem from the fact that very often both groups are fundamentally non-conservatives. They share lifestyles and actions that are, on balance, unsustainable. 


Conserve the potential of the conserve symbol and associate it with compassion and care for all. Thus our children can know the measure of their lives is not their education qualifications or jobs or voting behaviour but rather whether their actions are those of a conservative or non-conservative of Earth’s resources. 

Etymology conserve
late 14c., from O.Fr.
conserver (9c.), from L. conservare "to keep, preserve, keep intact, guard," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + servare "keep watch, maintain" (see observe). Related: Conserved; conserving.


Enjoy the rewards of being a conservator of the potential of our greatest symbols.


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