In this culture, says the book-length report, people find meaning and contentment in what they consume, but this cultural orientation has had huge implications for society and the planet. The average U.S. citizens, for instance, consumes more each day, in terms of mass, than they weigh. If everyone lived like this, the Earth could only sustain 1.4 billion people.
Cross Posting 2010 Article Seeking a Consumer Culture Revolution Matthew Berger
WASHINGTON, Jan 12 2010 (IPS) [...]
We are inundated with news about our faltering economy, declining resources, climate change, and environmental degradation associated with our ever-increasing consumer society. But little is said in the media about positive responses to these challenges. What would it take to build communities that are capable of bouncing back from adverse situations? How might they actively prepare for economic, social and environmental change?
This fun animation provides a vision of what a post-consumer society could [...]
Eco-Justice: A Vision for a Sustainable City
October 12-13, 19-20 , 26-27 Fridays 1-9 pm, Saturdays 9am-5pm Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education, Chicago
This class will be taught by: Clinton Stockwell, Executive Director, Chicago Semester Pam and Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative
This course will develop a holistic vision for a sustainable city as an outworking of the concept of shalom, a just peace. It will evaluate the relevance of three components of [...]
Lifestyles for a Sustainable Future
Six-week Series February 6, 2011 through April 24, 2011 (Sunday evenings, beginning February 6)
As we face growing concerns over a warming planet, diminishing natural resources, food security and the end of the fossil fuel age, we must ask ourselves: How does our faith guide us? How can our actions reflect the justice and affimation of life in which we believe?
Join this interactive educational series that blends [...]
Our Changing Planet – In Real Time
It’s hard to understand how quickly our earth is changing. This World Clock by poodwaddle.com provides an amazing look at the intersection of our energy use, world population trends, food production and the impact of these activities on our environment.
These are uncertain times, for sure. Our future depends on creating and living into systems that nurture and restore life. This means living differently, changing [...]