Originally posted on Sustaining Community:
If we want resilient, sustainable communities, we need to reduce our focus on economic growth, materialism and consumption.
While creating a less materialistic world will require major changes to our economic systems and there will be fierce opposition from many vested interested, there are also things we can do as individuals. Here are 10 ways we can reduce our consumption.
Earn less – the more we earn the more we spend. As our income increases, so does our standard of living and consumption.
Compare yourself to people worse of than you. We can always find people who earn more, have a nicer house, or go on more frequent holidays. But we can also always find people who are struggling to feed their families, who have never been on a plane, who can’t afford the necessities of life. We decide who we compare ourselves to.
Shop less, and when you have…
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