I am a self described systems thinker and sustainability mentor. I believe theory and practice are the foundation of all knowledge claims. I have an interdisciplinary PhD in History, Biology & Cultural Theory, specializing in the intersection between environment, science and technology. Many of my agricultural and sustainability skills come from growing up on a 500 acre working farm in England. Today I live completely off-grid in Northern New Mexico on the eastern edge of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Here I have created a low impact zero waste carbon neutral lifestyle, all made possible with strong hands, strength and personal ingenuity. I have also tasked myself with protecting what is left of the natural world. Resources such as oil, gas, coal, wood, gravel, etc. (which the earth is running out of) have to come from somewhere and their extraction invariably compromises the land, making it both unusable and unlivable. This is a high price to pay for the conveniences of the modern world. Being cognizant of this and striving to make choices that improve the environment and our lives is important if we are to bequeath a living thriving planet to the next generation.