Friday, September 26, 2008

Morning thought

One of the co-founders of the NRDC has written in The Nation about the necessity of taking environmentalism to a new level. Here’s one of the nuggets, with my interjections:

“Confront consumption [‘Consumption’ used to be a disease]. Practice sufficiency. Create social environments where overconsumption is viewed as silly, wasteful, ostentatious [weddings, for instance]. Create commercial-free zones. Buy local. Eat slow food. Simplify your life. Downshift.”

Thoreau said it all more simply, “Simplify, simplify, simplify.” But it’s not just about tending one’s own garden, or cabin in the woods; it's taking on the rotten heart of predatory capitalism itself. No one person can do that, of course. Together, however... well, that's another dream to kindle.

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