Our Consumption Model Is Broken. Here’s How To Build A New One.
Ali El Idrissi

Another good start at this discussion, though much of what’s being said is idealism vs. despair without much of the out-of-the system thinking that is required to make the necessary changes. But again, we have to start with discussion and it would be a great theme for town meetings across the nation.

That being said, I have a couple of questions that I’ve been thinking about with regard to all this.

  1. Is this a situation where a great change would be made overall if every individual chose to make one small change? Or a series of changes? And if so, what would those changes be? If not, can it make much difference for individuals to read these overarching and overwhelming statistics?
  2. A greater question: I have never encountered any discussion of the possible impact of the explosion of personal technologies over the past few decades, either with regard to consumerism or to climate change. But all these gadgets are hot! And the signals from satellites are real “things” that have real impact — is it not likely that some of that energy affects our climate? b) Besides, what is more physically wasteful than upgrading phones etc every year or less? c) Beyond that, what is the impact of personal technologies on producing the advertising and mindset that promotes consumerism?

I thought I’d resist some of this stuff, did for awhile, but it is all so compelling, socially as well as individually. It’s a human condition that dates back to the “Garden of Eatin’” and the best countermeasure for wanton materialism is an enhanced spiritual awakening, a better understanding of who we are as humans, with creativity being heralded as what we all do, not what others produce and we consume.

I think examination of our ‘relationship’ to our technology would be a very revealing way to approach this conversation. Meanwhile, I believe if we had a known choice between our cell phones and our glaciers there wouldn’t be a contest. Not for a while yet.