Article by Shandra St. Ville
At the beginning of the century, Saint Lucians were more than content with the cool ocean breeze, the soft glow of a lamp, flambeau or candle light and even the enjoyment of a family gathering around the coal pot as they waited for their meals. Today, our lifestyles have changed immensely. Air conditioning, smart phones and the latest digital entertainment gadgets are very much a part of our lives. Can we really pursue a sustainable development pathway in this age of consumerism? Would this pursuit result in a drastic loss of comfort to our current life? Comfort and Sustainability are not mutually exclusive; we do not always have to choose one or the other. There are times when we may have to choose which is more of a priority for us but with advances in technology we can have both.