Abstract

We report on an art and sustainability project, inspired by sustainable living and by the work of Elinor Ostrom, in which the authors experienced a not-too-distant future of water scarcity in an isolated location in the Mojave Desert for four weeks. We restricted our water use to ≤ 15.1 L/day (4 gallons) water per person and consumed a water-wise vegan diet. Here, we report and reflect on our experience of this art and sustainability project. We show that, as participants, we had no difficulty adjusting to a resource-scarce environment or living in a remote location. Our experience showed that (temporary) behavioral change is possible to cope with extreme resource scarcity without a net negative effect on the quality of life. Future replications of such art and sustainability projects in safer environments could become spaces for science, art, and innovation for more sustainable lifestyles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8
JournalEcology and Society
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Art and sustainability
  • Collective action
  • Commons
  • Governance
  • Water
  • Water scarcity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology

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Janssen, M., Jenik, A., Tekola, S. Z., Davis, K. L., Flores, S., Gibbs, W., ... Pfister, L. A. (2018). Drylab 2023: Living a possible future with resource scarcity. Ecology and Society, 23(4), [8]. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10299-230408

Drylab 2023 : Living a possible future with resource scarcity. / Janssen, Marcus; Jenik, Adriene; Tekola, Sarra Z.; Davis, Krista L.; Flores, Shalae; Gibbs, Willa; Koehn, Molly; Lyons, Valerie; Mallory, Cydnei; Rood, Sydney; Guelpa, Séverin; Pfister, Luz Andrea.

In: Ecology and Society, Vol. 23, No. 4, 8, 01.12.2018.

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Janssen, M, Jenik, A, Tekola, SZ, Davis, KL, Flores, S, Gibbs, W, Koehn, M, Lyons, V, Mallory, C, Rood, S, Guelpa, S & Pfister, LA 2018, 'Drylab 2023: Living a possible future with resource scarcity', Ecology and Society, vol. 23, no. 4, 8. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10299-230408
Janssen, Marcus ; Jenik, Adriene ; Tekola, Sarra Z. ; Davis, Krista L. ; Flores, Shalae ; Gibbs, Willa ; Koehn, Molly ; Lyons, Valerie ; Mallory, Cydnei ; Rood, Sydney ; Guelpa, Séverin ; Pfister, Luz Andrea. / Drylab 2023 : Living a possible future with resource scarcity. In: Ecology and Society. 2018 ; Vol. 23, No. 4.
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