FROM CONSUMERISM TO SUSTAINABILITY

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Resource depletion, mounting waste and climate change – more and more people are coming to realize that unfettered consumerism is neither sustainable nor a pathway to joy and meaning in life. From de-cluttering closets to imagining alternative models of running an economy, there is a wealth of interesting ideas out there on how to modify our unsustainable consumerist habits.

IN CONVERSATION
“The Focus is ‘Enough’ Rather Than ‘More’”
Interview
“The Focus is ‘Enough’ Rather Than ‘More’”

The mainstream economics notion that unfettered growth accompanied by greater consumption and productivity benefits society is false, argues Rob Dietz, Program Director at the Post Carbon Institute. In an interview with getAbstract, he shares his vision of a new economic way forward.

KEY QUESTIONS
“How Can You Make Consumption Sustainable?”
“How Can You Make Consumption Sustainable?”

It has been suggested that if everyone on planet Earth lived the way we do in the developed world, we would need four planets. Present-day consumerism is unsustainable – but how can it be replaced?

“Is Consumerism Preventing Us from Being Happy?”
“Is Consumerism Preventing Us from Being Happy?”

Choices, choices everywhere. Keeping up with the latest fashion and gadgets is not just cash-intensive but also time-consuming. Think about it this way: What else could you be doing with the time not spent consuming?

“Is Today’s US Economy Safer Than Before the 2008 Carnage?”
“Is Today’s US Economy Safer Than Before the 2008 Carnage?”

Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner and Henry Paulson think so. At least, they say, “in some ways.” That’s exactly what should worry you.

“How Do I Grapple With Complex, Chaotic Problems?”
“How Do I Grapple With Complex, Chaotic Problems?”

Solving big social problems requires “advanced leaders.” Never heard of this? Well, you might not yet be one of them.

FEATURES

Review

Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age
Bina Venkataraman: The Optimist’s Telescope. Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age. Riverhead, 2019
Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age

Journalist Bina Venkataraman outlines strategies to help people and societies keep a long-term picture in mind –especially amid uncertainty. Her main lesson: Learn how to cultivate – and act upon –  “foresight” as an individual, an organization and a society.

Focus

FOCUS: Climate Change
Female lion walking in Savannah field in Nairobi national park, Kenya.
FOCUS: Climate Change

Perhaps this year, after all the attention garnered by climate strikes in 2019, will be the year of practicable proposals for climate solutions. The effects of lockdowns, such as hugely improved air quality in many countries, could contribute to this debate.

Classic Advice

The 1845 Tiny Home Craze
The 1845 Tiny Home Craze

Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Or: How to Escape the Rat Race (and Make Peace with Woodchuck Cravings)

FEATURED SUMMARIES
Image of: Can We Have Prosperity Without Growth?
John Cassidy

Can We Have Prosperity Without Growth?

Slowing down without falling over...can it be done?

The New Yorker
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Branko Milanovic

Capitalism, Alone

Global convergence has now made it a capitalist’s world, but political approaches differ.

Belknap Press
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William McDonough and Michael Braungart

The Upcycle

Thoughtful innovation can fuel a quantum leap in environmental solutions.

North Point Press
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Klaus Schwab

Davos Manifesto 2020

It’s high time for companies to adopt a stakeholder-centric business model.

World Economic Forum
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Tatiana Schlossberg

Inconspicuous Consumption

Your choices as an informed consumer and voter can make a difference and help restore the environment.

Grand Central
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David Biello

The Unnatural World

How can humanity best thrive in a world it has permanently changed?

Scribner
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