31 Aug '11, 8pm

Consume Less – and Consume Better: The local computer store owner in my town had to find work as a prison guard

Consume Less – and Consume Better By Kevin Danaher Dr. Kevin Danaher is a co-founder of Global Exchange , Fair Trade USA , and the Green Festivals , all of which have created many good jobs, transferred wealth from rich to poor, and raised environmental awareness. There’s no denying it: We Americans are the hogs of the planet. We represent less than five percent of the world’s people but consume roughly 25 percent of the world’s resources. So we definitely need to cut back severely on our consumption. And one way to do that is to consume more consciously. It’s easy for intellectuals to bemoan the collapse of all biological systems and tell everyone to stop buying stuff. But everyone needs a certain amount of stuff to survive. When you buy toilet paper (and unless you’re using corncobs or last week’s newspaper, we all buy toilet paper) do you read the package to see how muc...

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