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How West's throwaway culture destroys basic freedoms in China

How West's throwaway culture destroys basic freedoms in China | The Great Transition | 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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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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Andrew Simms - The New Materialism: better, not more

Andrew Simms - The New Materialism: better, not more | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"The new materialism is about an economy of better, not more. It is rich in the good quality work created by providing useful services, making things that last and can be repaired many times before being recycled, allowing us to share better the surplus of stuff we already have."

Great positive article by NEF's Andrew Simms.

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The danger of stereotyping millennials in sustainability

The danger of stereotyping millennials in sustainability | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Don't fall into the trap of assuming all young people value sustainability above all else, warns Joseph Harris-Confino
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Excellent analysis in the Guardian bringing some more realism to the idealised story about young generations and critical consumerism.

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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’ | The Great Transition | 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."

 

Gloomy analysis of our consumer society after post-growth collapse. Forbidden reading for anyone who believes "our way of life is non-negotiable". Truth is, nature will not negotiate and things are likely to be a bit less "nice" than described in this article.

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