"Slowing Down the Consumer Treadmill" from the Humanist


Slowing Down the Consumer Treadmill

If solving the climate change problem
were as simple as handing out light bulbs, we’d be all set.

The economist Juliet Schor, in her 2010 book, Plenitude, advocates a path to sustainability in which people work shorter hours, so they earn less and spend less, but have more free time to enjoy life. With less money, they’ll have to spend their leisure time in a less resource-intensive and more leisurely way. “In general, doing things faster tends to use more resources,” Schor said. “To truly get to sustainability, we’re going to have to slow down.”


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