Endless Consumption: The Party's Over
Program #HEIR002. Recorded in Amherst, MA on April 28, 2008.The global financial crisis may mark the demise of the salad days of mindless shopping on multiple credit cards. The squeeze and contraction could have a positive effect. It can be seen as an opportunity for a genuine change in consumption patterns as well as recovering the concept of sacred earth, once so prevalent among Native Americans and other indigenous peoples. For too long the dominant view has seen the earth as a commodity to be exploited and to make money from. Resources, such as fresh water, are depleting at a rate that can't be replenished, others, like oil are simply ending. How to move forward? The old paradigm of profligacy and culture of waste is simply not sustainable. We need radical new thinking and innovation. There is still time but sand is running out of the hourglass.
Your cart is currently empty
Consumerism & Global Climate Change
Summer is coming earlier every year, as global temperatures continue to rise. Ocean levels are rising, too, as polar ice caps melt away. Meanwhile, the U.S economic model, with its...
Media & Consumer Capitalism
Rene Descartes, the 17th century French philosopher once said, “I think, therefore I am.” In today’s context it may be more like, I buy therefore I am. Orchestrated wants driven...
Rubbish: What Garbage Tells Us About Ourselves
Whether it comes in the form of papers, bottles, cans, phone books or diapers, our collective trash constitutes a serious environmental problem. Landfills get bigger and bigger. Trains crisscross the...
The Cornification of Food
The elephant inside our food system and even beyond is corn. Its presence is pervasive and dominant. It is an integral part of industrialized agriculture and the industrialized food chain....
The Wal-Marting of America
The United States is the largest consumer-based economy in the world. Shopping is a national pastime, and how we shop, what we buy and how it is sold is high...