It's an interesting time to be alive, make no mistake. We enjoy a quality of life that is unprecedented, but with it has come huge inequality, and environmental crisis.
We need to work backwards from the point we've reached. As we settle for sustainable levels, we need to examine our culture of consumption. We need to fix our addiction to growth, and our assumption that bigger is better. We may need to learn to live with less, so that others can enjoy their share of the earth's resources. And we need to redefine wealth, from stuff to quality of life, from having to being.
"In the world of minor lunacy, the behavior of both the utterly rational and the totally insane seems equally odd."
John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society
Work from home instead of commuting. Doing this since in August 2008.
Get the train rather than fly short-haul. Doing this since in July 2008.
Eat less meat. Doing this since in June 2008.
Dry laundry on the clothes-line . Doing this since in June 2008.
Don't Waste Food. Doing this since in June 2008.
Grow some vegetables. Doing this since in June 2008.