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Applying this framework could be understood clearer through the representation of a tree.

There are three main components to the Holistik Sustainability Tree.

First, is the soil, the action, and activism.

Soil is grounding, nutrient rich, and worldwide in every direction. It activates its roots and is able to nurture the productivity of a land. Activism acts very similarly and determines the growth potential for the roots.

second, are the roots, the 5 characteristics: Environmentalism, Cultural, Social, Political, Economic

The roots influence the rest of the tree especially the fertility of the branches, leaves, and fruits. Roots anchor the tree and have the ability to bare deep or shallow. They are fundamental for trees just as the 5 characteristics are integral to each global issue. They are environmentalism, cultural, social, political, and economic. Each of these impact global problems, and often it's more than one. 

Lastly, are the branches, inclusive global issues.

The branches grow as abundantly or scarcely as the soil and roots allow. In this case there is no shortage of branches and ultimately issues that can grow annually. These problems can build upon themselves creating new problems, just as branches grow.

It is important to note trees grow in an undefined behavior, specific to location and heavily relies on the productivity of it's location-based soil. This is a growing framework, just as sustainability is a growing subject.

  Tree Description:   Branches (from left to right): Sexism, Ecological Infringement, Classism, Racism, Heteronormativity, Capitalism, Access to Education, Food Security, Socio-cultural Injustice, Ableism, Waste Management, Pollution, Energy Security, Corruption, Poverty.  Trunk : Holistik Sustainability.  Roots (from left to right): Environmental, Cultural, Social, Political, Economic.  Soil : Activism.

Tree Description: Branches(from left to right): Sexism, Ecological Infringement, Classism, Racism, Heteronormativity, Capitalism, Access to Education, Food Security, Socio-cultural Injustice, Ableism, Waste Management, Pollution, Energy Security, Corruption, Poverty. Trunk: Holistik Sustainability. Roots(from left to right): Environmental, Cultural, Social, Political, Economic. Soil: Activism.


Why the K in Holistik?

This theory builds upon past sustainability offerings. It also is meant to be unconfined and grow as does time and society. 

By spelling holistik with a "k", it attempts to reclaim the identity of holistik to reach beyond what is thought of today. It is meant to welcome new thought processes and identify that as a discipline, sustainability can trace its roots back to Indigenous ways of knowing.

What is currently considered as “holistic sustainability” still lacks perspective of cultural and political influence along with the importance of mass motivation thorugh activism.