Sustainable Tactics

A learning community for sustainability…

The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lostSustainable Tactics is working with people who are tackling the complexity of organisations and communities to build visions and attitudes that are truly sustainable.

Our core offering is experiential facilitation, working with horses and immersed in nature.  We are based on an organic farm on the Hampshire / Wiltshire border, with splendid galleried meeting rooms in a grade 2 listed farm house.  There are paths through woodlands and fields for reflective walking and talking, as well as scope for other rural experiences.

The Amazon is a canary in a coal mine for the EarthWe welcome sharing the venue with other coaches, facilitators, storytellers, rural crafts teachers, equine specialists and training event organisers who also need an appropriate meeting space with a warm welcome.  Our horses enjoy being part of the day when required.





In the first instance contact us :

Liz Morrison on 01403 752845,


Pause and reflect on the following:




Understanding the Issues


We all live downstream
David Suzuki

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

At first I thought I was fighting to save rubber trees, then I thought I was fighting to save the Amazon rainforest. Now I realise I am fighting for humanity.
Chico Mendes, Rubber Tappers’ leader

While nature has considerable resilience, there is a limit to how far that resilience can be stretched. No one knows how close to the limit we are getting. The darker it gets, the faster we’re driving
Douglas Adams (author)

The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value
Theodore Roosevelt (US President 1901-1909)

To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase it’s usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed
Theodore Roosevelt

…our culture’s frenzied and mindless assault on the last shreds of nature may not be the wisest course… We’re melting the ice caps, ripping up the rain forest, and vacuuming the oceans of everything that wriggles
George Meyer

Embracing Complexity

In nature, there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences
R Ingersoll

The wilderness holds answers to more questions than we have yet learned to ask
Nancy Newhall

If we do not permit the Earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food either
Joseph Woodkrutch

Let us a little permit nature to take her own way; she better understands her own affairs than we
Michel de Montaigne

Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd
Baruch Spinoza

If we once, and for so long, lived in balance with nature and each other, we should be able to do so again
John Zerzan

Our environment is like a patchwork quilt. Each “patch” is dependent on those around it. If one part unravels, it affects the rest

The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Appreciating the environment

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift
Albert Einstein

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver
Martin Luther, reformer and teacher (1483 – 1546)

Every child is born a naturalist. His eyes are, by nature, open to the glories of the stars, the beauty of the flowers, and the mystery of life

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you
Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)

Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher
William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts
Rachel Carson

Appreciating the environment – Trees

No man manages his affairs as well as a tree does
George Bernard Shaw

We celebrate the cherry tree not for its efficiency but for its effectiveness – and for its beauty. Its materials are in constant flow, and all those thousands of useless cherry blossoms look gorgeous. Then they fall to the ground and become soil again, so there’s no problem
William McDonough, architect

Beyond Environment …

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better
Albert Einstein

In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught
Baba Dioum

Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty, if only we have the eyes to see them
John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Proverbs and ancient wisdom

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished
Lao Tzu

If you live according to nature, you never will be poor; if according to the world’s caprice, you will never be rich
Publilius Syrus (42 BC)

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it

Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul
Prophet Muhammad

Men argue; nature acts

Things perfected by nature are better than those finished by art

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed
Francis Bacon (16th Century philospher)

If you are thinking one year ahead, sow seed. If you are thinking ten years ahead, plant a tree. If you are thinking 100 years ahead, educate the people
Chinese proverb

Do not cut down the tree that gives you shade
Arabian proverb

… And finally …

Only when the last tree is cut, only when the last river is polluted, only when the last fish is caught, will they realise that you can’t eat money
Native American proverb

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