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mk  ·  165 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: UN Report on Biodiversity: 1 million species at risk of extinction

If we are to survive, then we need to reduce the dependence upon consumption. It would be nice if non-degradable single-use products cost more because of their environmental impact. It would be nice if new homes cost significantly more than updating older ones.

It would be nice if there was a perception of value for the longevity of what we own and wear.

I take a dim view on this. I don't think we will be able to alter our behavior voluntarily, but I do think that we will alter it.




birchbarkcanoe  ·  164 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    It would be nice if there was a perception of value for the longevity of what we own and wear.

This absolutely. So many people want to immediately jump to the cheapest solution, but the cheapest right now might not be the cheapest when it doesn't last for long. By "cheap" here I mean not only money, but labor/materials/time too. We have got to start thinking about longevity in everything that we consume, and realize that the "cheapest" option in the long run isn't always just the lowest price tag.