Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sustainable lifestyle

The food in the supermarket may have come from thousands of miles away.
The conditions under which your chicken wings were produced is possibly unknown to you.

I heard on the radio yesterday that the embroidery for many wedding dresses is done in India. They make the dress here, or in China, ship it to India, and then it comes back to be sold to you for way more than it's worth.

The wedding dress is just one example of how inefficient cheap oil has allowed us to become.  So what's in store for us when the prices go up due to natural market forces: supply and demand?

That and that the economy is likely never going to be the same.  Nobody is buying anything they don't absolutely need, companies are not hiring because nobody is buying (included governments). Everybody is clinging to what assets they have, fearful for the future. Me too!

Plus the US government has gone totally batshit.

What needs to happen for our economy and our lifestyles to become sustainable?

For the lifestyle part, I think it's both obvious, fairly easy, and in the end humans will be happier living, working, eating, buying locally.

This lecture was interesting, but too academic for what I was trying to convey.

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