Rampant consumerism is the root of all evil.

The more we shop the more damage we are doing to the planet, according to one of the UK’s leading environmental campaigners.

The interview with the Government’s expert on all things green Jonathon Porritt in The Observer makes some interesting and at times some valid points.

He maintains that many of the problems our planet now faces lead back to consumerism.

“It has created unsustainable inequalities and threatened to tear apart the very fabric of our society,” he says in the newspaper interview. “More powerful than any cause or even religion, it has reached into every corner of the globe.”

The aspirational nature of the society we now live in – he highlights newspaper and magazine images of “celebrities” on lavish spending sprees as providing an unsubtle message that the more we buy the happier we become – leads to incidents like the near riot at a Primark store in London last week as thousands of people attempted to buy limited stocks of cut-price designer clothes.

We already know we are living in a wasteful society, we throw away so much and immediately go back and out and buy replacements. But our collective failure to embrace recycling or curb our spending habits shows that we simply lack sufficient awareness of the impact we are having on the world around us.

The spread of consumerism around the world, in emerging economies such as China and India particularly, shows that the problem is getting worse.

The article highlights the rise of the so-called Froogles who are reacting against this spend, spend, spend ethos. Yet in many respects they represent a tiny blip when compared to the majority view.

There are many indicators of the inexorable rise of consumerism and its impact on our environment – from the successive record-breaking profits of retailers like Tesco to the fridge mountains in various parts of the country.

The cultural change required to stop our shopping habits from killing the planet cannot happen over night. The question is, do we want it to happen at all?

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  1. sushil_yadav says:

    In response to your post on Consumerism and Environmental Crisis I want to post a part from my article which examines the impact of Consumerism and Industrialization on our minds and environment. Please read.

    The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

    The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

    Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

    Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
    Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
    Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.

    Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

    If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

    Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

    When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

    There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

    People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

    Emotion ends.

    Man becomes machine.

    A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

    A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

    A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.

    Fast visuals/ words make slow emotions extinct.

    Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys emotional circuits.

    A fast (large) society cannot feel pain / remorse / empathy.

    A fast (large) society will always be cruel to Animals/ Trees/ Air/ Water/ Land and to Itself.

    To read the complete article please follow either of these links :

    FreeInfoSociety

    ePhilosopher

    sushil_yadav

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