Jonathan Mead over at ZenHabits.com penned a missive yesterday on how we can save the planet. His suggestion doesn’t entail going green, doesn’t involve building a LEED-certified office highrise, or purchasing sustainable office furniture, but by doing “less.”
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“We don’t need to do more. We don’t need to make more of an effort. We need to do less ."
He writes about how physics tells us that energy can’t be created or destroyed, it can just be transferred. So instead of building green and making green and driving green, to really help the planet, we should do less.
We should consume less. Drive less. Build less. Walk more. Listen more. Buy the best whatever it is we need – dishes, cars, homes, clothing, furniture – and use them until they disintegrate
“That’s why I don’t understand a lot of these ‘green enthusiasts.’ They say we need greener products, with less of an environmental impact. They want to make our consumables more eco-friendly. I agree this is part of the answer, but the issue is really only a sliver of the type of things we consume. It’s how much we consume.”
On this day of over-the-top consumerism (they say there’s a recession going on, but we saw many full parking lots at the shopping malls today as we drove by today – and please note we drove by...) we think he makes a very valid point.
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