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Combating the Materials Economy, a System in Crisis

Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, eco-friendly, greenliving, protection, sustainable )

- 1975 days ago -
Materials Economy is a system that consists of 5 levels, that of Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, and Disposal. According to Annie Leonard in her book The Story of Stuff, this type of linear system cannot sustain itself in a finite

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Donna Hamilton (159)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 10:29 am
Noted. Thanks, Cher.

Julie E (405)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 11:18 am

Gordon W (3)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 1:39 pm
We cannot reach sustainability until we stop popullation growth!
Wirth, G

Christeen A (369)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 1:55 pm
Thanks for posting a good article.

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 8:35 pm
Noted. Thank you for sharing this article with us.

Phil Hanson (21)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 9:51 pm
The author obviously doesn't understand sustainability; she seems to have no idea how low the living standard would have to be to achieve sustainability on a planet populated by 7 billion people.

Madeleine watt (243)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 5:11 am
Important stuff! We must slow this thinking down. The time for exorbitant salaries and corporate greed is over. Time for a change before everything breaks down.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 10:26 am
I think more people should pay attention to what they buy.

Hayley C (7)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 10:32 am

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 12:38 pm
Great post Cher, thanks.

Glenville J Owen (0)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 2:42 pm
Yesterday on a Greater Ideal page I read an account of a malnourished orangutan whose jungle home had been destroyed to make room for a palm oil plantation in West Borneo. Hunger had compelled the animal to feed on the forbidden fruit of palm trees. Villagers, in trying to smoke out the animal caused the entire tree the orangutan was in to become engulfed in flames, causing the animal to plunge to the ground badly burned. (The photograph of the burnt animal accompanying the article stills haunts me). Although initially the orangutan was expected to make a full recovery it eventually succumbed to its injuries and died.

Once demand for the planets resources such as minerals, land, clean water, food, exceeds supply this world is going to become a very scary and much more dangerous place to live in. Our fate and that of future generations could be similar to the orangutan in the article unless we rapidly wake up and change our attitude towards our crowded planet, its creatures and each other, from one of apathy to one of care, or love, for all things good.

Carol H (229)
Monday December 31, 2012, 3:18 am
noted, thank you Cher
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