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Sustainable Consumption and the Technology of Sustainability | Huffington Post

Sustainable Consumption and the Technology of Sustainability | Huffington Post | Sustainable provisioning | Scoop.it

One of the consistent themes of many environmentalists is that we must reduce consumption and live more modest lives in tune with nature, if we are to promote a sustainable economic future. I do not believe that a frugal sustainability is either feasible or necessary. It's not feasible because with over seven billion people on the planet and a growing majority of them living in cities, it is too late to get back to the land and live as one with nature. There's too many of us, and not enough "nature" to go around. Sitting alone in the dark and eating bread and water doesn't sound too desirable either. I am not arguing that our goal should be excessive consumption and wanton waste, but that it's too late to turn back the clock and live without technology.

 

Instead, we need to use technology and human ingenuity to develop a new form of urban sustainability. This new form of urban sustainability will enable us to live spiritually and intellectually rich, meaningful and interesting lives, in cities that have learned to reduce their ecological and carbon impacts. The economic value of our consumption will grow as the material base of it will be reduced and be made more renewable and less toxic. This will require a shift in patterns of consumption and methods of producing goods and services, but it will not require a reduction in production and consumption.

 

It is reasonable to see this vision as an unrealistic delusion. It may be a dream, but the idea that people will willingly reduce their consumption of electronic toys, food, travel, entertainment and everything else is an even deeper delusion. Moreover, the process of losing what people now have, or preventing developing nations from growing, would be politically destabilizing. In this age of terror and the rapid "advance" of the technology of destruction, mass economic deprivation could be extraordinarily dangerous.

 

In my view, our only chance is a technological fix. Fortunately, that is something we spent most of the 19th and 20th centuries learning how to do. The economic opportunities and threats of the last two centuries were nearly all the result of technological advances, along with technological solutions to problems created by other technologies.

 

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The sustainability of human life isn't (merely) a technical problem with technological fixes. It is political and social - we can't solve our problems with the same thinking that creates them! Read Gustaf Speth, Paul Raskin, Lester Milbrath, and many others. The social learning necessary is on values.

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The Great Grief

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Many people prefer not to dwell on the dire predictions of climate change. Do you allow yourself to feel the great grief?
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The Death of Neo-Liberalism | Institute for New Economic Thinking

The Death of Neo-Liberalism | Institute for New Economic Thinking | Sustainable provisioning | Scoop.it
The financial crisis of 2008 was not a run of the mill recession.
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In the coming era, both capitalism and... - Sustainable Human | Facebook

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Inequality is unjust, not bad for growth - FT.com

Inequality is unjust, not bad for growth - FT.com | Sustainable provisioning | Scoop.it
Disparity of income is both a virtue and a vice. The virtue of providing rewards for effort and generating economic growth must be balanced against the vice of inequality’s manifest injustice.
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ENOUGHNESS: Restoring Balance to the Economy in the Most Awesome Way Ever

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5 minutes | How we see the world determines how we act. Western thought sees us at war with each other over resources. In Indigenous philosophy, we are all related as individuals in balance with nature.
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Beyond Extinction

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Endless economic growth is destabilizing Earth's eco-system. How do we rise to the challenge of going beyond capitalism and go beyond extinction instead?
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What Can Economists Learn From Literature? | Institute for New Economic Thinking

Literary productions offer illustrations of economic theory in action.
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On the economics of the end of the world as we know it

On the economics of the end of the world as we know it | Sustainable provisioning | Scoop.it
In December talks in Paris involving more than 200 countries may result in a new agreement aimed at reducing carbon emissions. In the months leading up to the...
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This Isn't Academic: Millions Of People Will Die If We Don't Stop Destroying The Planet

This Isn't Academic: Millions Of People Will Die If We Don't Stop Destroying The Planet | Sustainable provisioning | Scoop.it
Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is predicted to cause an additional 250,000 deaths a yearand that's just the beginning.
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Tackling the Energy & Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century | Institute for New Economic Thinking

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How well do our assumptions about the global challenges of energy, environment and economic development fit the facts?
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10 Worst Food Companies that are Poisoning You Daily and Lying About it

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Here are 10 food conglomerates and their subsidiaries that you might want to consider avoiding at the supermarket.
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Eco-divide: this changes everything

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Richard Swift considers why the environmental crisis is as much of a challenge to the Left as it is to the Right.
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Are You A Slave To The System? This Haunting Cartoon Might Cause You To Think Twice

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In this sobering cartoon, the world of work in our society is addressed. With zero commentary, it is shown how people live day-to-day…
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Is the Local Economy the Solution to a Post-Capitalist World?

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Stores Suffer From a Shift of Behavior in Buyers

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As Americans prioritize spending their money on experiences, not objects, department stores and other retailers are struggling with sales.
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The Great Gathering Of Humanity: The Time For Global Change Is Now

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Source: www.collective-evolution.com | Original Post Date: October 19, 2013 -



The inspiration for the title I chose for this article comes from Miriam Delicado, who shares the message that we are one voice, one people, and one Earth.
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10 Reasons to Escape Excessive Consumerism

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Escaping excessive consumption is not an easy battle. If it were, it would be done more often. But it is a battle worth fighting because it robs us of life far more than we realize. True life must be found somewhere else.
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Economics in the Rear-View Mirror | Institute for New Economic Thinking

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Archival artifacts from the history of economics.
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The Truth Behind Capitalism

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In 2008, the loss of 11 billion dollars by the world’s largest investment company, AIG, and the bankruptcy of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers, triggered a domino effect of financial consequences which brought the entire capitalist system...
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The Decline and Fall of Consumer Society? | Over Grow The System

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Four decades have passed since social analysts first contemplated the unraveling of consumer society in the United States and other affluent countries.
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The end of capitalism has begun, writes... - Post Growth Institute | Facebook

The end of capitalism has begun, writes Paul Mason:

'If I am right, the logical focus for supporters of postcapitalism is to build alternatives within...
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