- Consumerism and Climate Show All
Your Prime Day shopping spree came with free, fast shipping — but experts say there’s a hidden environmental cost that doesn’t show up on the checkout page.
When we switch off our phones and go outside instead of into shopping malls, we won't buy so much.
With climate catastrophe on the horizon, we should reject this orgy of consumption – and find joy in not shopping at all.
Let’s Start With This: The Climate Change Crisis Began with the Industrial Revolution.
A new report makes clear where much of the blame lies for our warming planet.
About 1.7 billion people belong to the global "consumer class."
$1.2 trillion: How much Americans spend annually on goods and services they don’t absolutely need.
Why is it difficult to talk about over-consumption?
The modern society of consumerism and rampant ‘development’ is destroying our world. The biggest problem with consumerism is the fact that people do not realize that there is a problem. We are already consuming resources at an alarming rate and quicker than our planet is able to replenish.
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Believing one thing and doing another is how most of us behave.
Psychologist Tim Kasser discusses how America's culture of consumerism undermines our well-being.
The Story of Stuff http://www.storyofstuff.com will take you on a provocative tour of our consumer-driven culture — from resource extraction to iPod incineration — exposing the real costs of our use-it and lose-it approach to stuff.
Story of Stuff creator Annie Leonard's new book examines the high price of the western world's obession with all things material.
Costa Rica comes out top. Although its GDP per capita is less than a quarter of the size of many Western European countries and North America, and its per capita ecological footprint is just one third of the size of the USA’s, people living in Costa Rica enjoy higher well-being than the residents of many rich nations, and live longer than people in the US. American research suggests that there is no increase in well-being with an income above US$75,000.
We will need new indicators that can drive a massive shift towards more ecologically and socially viable economic and political models.
To be distinguished from recession, degrowth means a phase of planned and equitable economic contraction in the richest nations, eventually reaching a steady state that operates within Earth’s biophysical limits.
The idea of degrowth is simple. Instead of aiming for endless growth of GDP we should consider what really matters for the wellbeing of people and the planet while supporting equality and acknowledging the diversity of worldviews across the globe.
Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but one owns. But we’ve discovered that only things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning.
- How To Live Sustainably Show All
Your typical wrapping paper and a lot of tissue paper usually can’t be recycled because it’s often dyed, laminated or may contain gold/silver designs or glitter, all of which are not recyclable. Plastic ribbons and bows? Not recyclable. The tape normally used to wrap gifts is also not recyclable. I’m sure there are many people out there who don’t bother removing the tape so that the paper can be recycled. Since these items can’t be recycled, they may be doomed for the landfill, which isn’t ideal if you’re starting to go zero-waste.
Instead, you can be greener when deciding on gift-wrapping methods, especially during a holiday that’s filled with presents like Christmas. Use these sustainable gift wrapping ideas for birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s day – anything!
Biodiversity is not a limited concern. This is a topic that affects all living things, whether they are plants, organisms or animals. Protecting biodiversity is all about finding real ways to coexist without harming one another. It also involves committing to practices that consider diverse ecosystems and habitats around the world. We can participate in the protection of biodiversity by becoming knowledgeable about the things we buy, consume and use. How we treat the environment is also how we treat biodiversity.
Saving energy is always a good idea. In some ways, it’s part of being a good neighbor. Reducing your household’s energy consumption reduces the strain on your city’s electrical grid
We take more steps on foot, are more mindful of the things we buy and have the time and space for activities with a light footprint. So if you’re staying close to home, use this opportunity to be positive, get creative, and learn something new together as a family with these great green activities you can do at home.
If you’re serious about living a sustainable lifestyle, you’ve probably come across the concept of minimalism –– a lifestyle that embraces simplification and rejects consumerism.
Individuals can make a difference by reducing their personal greenhouse gas emissions.
Isolation and other shifts in behavior during the coronavirus outbreak could also alter our greenhouse gas emissions. But will the changes stick?
We asked our readers what actions they were taking to reduce their personal carbon footprint. We had a massive response and here we list 60 of the most popular, achievable and interesting ideas on how to tackle climate change.
A little goes a long way when it comes to being greener.
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