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This is but one manifestation (albeit a very visible one) of a rather distinctive trait, that we overwhelmingly share, that takes us apart from the dominant discourse, whether left or right, namely that we do not tend to be productivists or consumerists to anything like the extent shown in the mainstream discourses.

I think most of us here grasp the idea, if not the fact, it requires 2 additional planets to supply the energy and materials required bring the entire world to the average living standard of Canada [Mathis Wackernagel,'How big is our ecological footprint?,' Real World No. 16 (Summer 1996)].  

An obvious physical impossibility given our technology.

There's enough high tech savvy 'round here to squash any science fiction fantasy of an uber-Maschine or Unobtainium lurking in a research laboratory, ready spring out and suddenly Fix Everything.

No.  We realize we gots what we gots ... and we are trying to Deal With It.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Oct 3rd, 2010 at 01:29:56 AM EST
Well, that is the sustainability part of it. As I explained, I was initially going to talk about our rejection of consumerism when addressing sustainability, but after reading JakeS comments in the first diary I reckoned that sustainability was only one reason.

Even if it could be done with only one planet, most of us would probably not advocate more production / consumption as a target to obsess about.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Sun Oct 3rd, 2010 at 03:29:57 AM EST
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