“…better comes from less, not more. A better future for our children comes not from greater affluence, but less, and the preservation of resources for the future. A better life for us in the present involves fewer hours of work, and thus, more freedom – and fewer possessions and less affluence.”
Want to read about a vision of a better future? You should. Read it from one of the best writers – Sharon Astyk: http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/22/dreaming-a-life/
In August, the International Energy Agency (IEA) issued an astounding report:
“In its first-ever assessment of the world’s major oil fields, the IEA concluded that the global energy system was at a crossroads and that consumption of oil was ‘patently unsustainable’, with expected demand far outstripping supply.
Oil production has already peaked in non-Opec countries and the era of cheap oil has come to an end, it warned. Continue reading
Consumerism accounts for at least 2/3rds of the U.S. economy. For our economy to bounce back then, we need for that 2/3rds to return to previous levels of spending. And then obviously for the economy to grow, spending among that 2/3rds needs to increase.
Is it just me: how on earth is this going to happen? How will we ever return to previous levels of spending let alone grow it? Continue reading