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How West's throwaway culture destroys basic freedoms in China

How West's throwaway culture destroys basic freedoms in China | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A moment of deep shock as author Amy Larkin realizes how western consumerism is destroying the wellbeing of people in China

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, August 24, 2013 4:45 AM

Good article in The Guardian on how our Western cheap goods consumerism is creating environmental problems in China. The problem is that there is no sustainable solution to this development. Are we in the West willing to give up our cheap goods (or have some goods only available for those who can afford them in an era of responsible consumption?) and will the new middle classes in China not demand the same cheap products?

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Radical Simplicity and the Middle-Class - Exploring the Lifestyle Implications of a ‘Great Disruption’

Radical Simplicity and the Middle-Class - Exploring the Lifestyle Implications of a ‘Great Disruption’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"How would the ordinary middle-class consumer – I should say middle-class citizen – deal with a lifestyle of radical simplicity? By radical simplicity I essentially mean a very low but biophysically sufficient material standard of living, a form of life that will be described in more detail below. In this essay I want to suggest that radical simplicity would not be as bad as it might first seem, provided we were ready for it and wisely negotiated its arrival, both as individuals and as communities. Indeed, I am tempted to suggest that radical simplicity is exactly what consumer cultures need to shake themselves awake from their comfortable slumber; that radical simplicity would be in our own, immediate, self-interests."

 


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