“Low Impact Living: Consumption Beyond Consumerism”
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June 2009
Karuna, Picklescott, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6NT
A weekend of camping, discussions, workshops and contemplating change,
The focus of the weekend is on the impact of modern lifestyles, and the need to change human lifestyles to address climate change or resource depletion rather than trying to adopt ‘gadgets’ (such as green consumerism or sustainable consumption) to ‘solve’ these problems technologically.
Paul Mobbs will present his new project, ‘Consumption Beyond Consumerism’. This looks at the recent science and research behind the impact of human lifestyles, through effects such as climate change, and explains why addressing the human impact on the environment requires that we create a new concept of our ‘lifestyle’ — as a active, participative system that integrates our needs with the means to provide them — rather than just being just ‘mechanistic’ consumers. This transition isn’t based on ‘hardware’ — gadgets and other ‘things’ that we buy — but rather on ‘software’ — developing our own personal, or group, skills and abilities in order to support our needs. By taking our lifestyles ‘apart’, and examining where the demands and impacts lie, we can work to change our lifestyles — our work, home and activities — to operate more ecologically. To meet the problems of peak energy, resource depletion and climate change our future existence is about becoming thinking, active human beings rather than inert consumers.
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