Mbunting we will go, Mbunting we will go…..
Hearteningly, we know it can be done – our parents and grandparents managed it in the second world war. This useful analogy, explored by Andrew Simms in his book Ecological Debt, demonstrates the critical role of government. In the early 1940s, a dramatic drop in household consumption was achieved – not by relying on the good intentions of individuals (and their ability to act on that coffee-stained pamphlet), but by the government orchestrating a massive propaganda exercise combined with a rationing system and a luxury tax. This will be the stuff of 21st-century politics – something that, right now, all the main political parties are much too scared to admit.
Rationing, planners, naught, naughty household consumption. You can actually hear her licking her lips at the prospect of this, can\’t you?
time poverty (a much overlooked aspect of environmental sustainability is how much time it requires)
Ooooh, I don\’t think it\’s been over looked. I know of at least one person who has pointed out that recycling costs us more in time alone than the amount saved by recycling.