24 May '11, 2pm

More Happiness, Less Stuff

Industrialism—the industrial system of which we are each a part—developed in a different world from the one we live in today: fewer people, more plentiful natural resources, simpler lifestyles: less stuff. It made perfect sense to exploit nature to increase human productivity—300 years ago! These days, with people overly abundant and nature scarce and diminishing, industry moves, mines, extracts, shovels, burns, wastes, pumps and disposes of four million pounds of material to provide one average, middle?class American family their needs for a year. With the whole world aspiring to the American standard of living, that cannot go on and on and on in a finite Earth; and it is finite, you can see it from space; that’s all there is and there isn’t any more. The rate of material throughput—the metabolism of the industrial system—is now endangering prosperity, as much as enhancin...

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/05/24/more-happin...

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