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Smart People Say Continued Expansion Is Dangerous

11/27/2011

The following trailer, for a documentary called GrowthBusters, seems to consist of several intelligent people explaining why a policy of unbridled growth will result in global catastrophe.

In other words, worth a watch!

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  1. John Erickson permalink
    11/27/2011 9:12 PM

    Hey, it took the entire Commonwealth to make the residents of England as well off as they were throughout the Victorian era – and that was a minority of the population! There’s no way China could possibly reach the same level of consumerism that we have without strip mining most of the land surface of the planet. Shoot, WE can’t maintain our consumer culture without trashing the planet – figuratively AND literally.
    Oh, sorry, got interrupted there for a moment. Something came on the TV that WASN’T related to Black Friday or Cyber Monday….

    • 12/01/2011 12:03 AM

      Yep, consumerism is worrisome, and even green products carry carbon footprints, and ecological ones, too.

      That said, our disposable culture has made one resource abundant: trash!

      http://cleantechnica.com/2011/11/30/trash-gas-for-trash-trucks

      That’s an article about a company that’s mining trash for methane, and using it to fuel their trucks. Maybe I’ll soon write a post about the untapped goldmine that is garbage!

  2. 12/02/2011 10:05 AM

    Thanks for sharing the trailer! I have a background in pyschology, and the analogy between our desire for growth and addiction totally makes sense. We’re definitely not at the point where we can even admit we have a problem, which is so troubling. We bought our way into this mess, and guess what? We can’t buy our way back out of it. But most people don’t know what else to do, they only know consumption.

    • 12/03/2011 11:07 PM

      What little I know of psychology seems to support it too, and also explains why we have trouble processing such large-scale issues as global warming. Have you read The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely? I found it really instructive regarding our reaction to environmental problems, even though that isn’t what the book is about.

      Another book I haven’t read but which sounds interesting is Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto. In it, he apparently argues that the school system was designed to make children receptive to consumption, obedient, and accustomed to working long shifts. I’ll definitely be checking that out soon.

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