It's Time for Millennium Consumption Goals

It’s Time for Millennium Consumption Goals

I read yesterday that “a Sri Lankan scientist is calling for the drafting of “Millennium Consumption Goals” to [help] rich countries to curb their climate-damaging consumption habits, in the same way the poor have Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to get them out of poverty.” A fantastic idea—but what would these MCGs include?

What Would You Sacrifice for a Secure Future?

What Would You Sacrifice for a Secure Future?

Sacrifice has become a dirty word in environmental politics. But we sacrifice all the time. Two-thirds of Americans have sacrificed their waistlines and lifespans for cheap food and high profits for food companies, often without actively making this choice. Is there a way to reclaim the word to get people to start “sacrificing” to sustain a healthy relationship with Earth—or to at least stop sacrificing to the modern god of growth?

The Rise of the Brazilian Consumer Class

The Rise of the Brazilian Consumer Class

Eventually, the Global Consumer Economy will self-destruct, as all Ponzi schemes do. But before then, there’s still plenty of room for growth (as long as new joiners don’t ask too many questions). This is especially true in rapidly developing countries like Brazil. In fact, Brazil seems like a great place to grow the consumer dream, whether in the country’s urban jungles or the deepest reaches of the Amazon forests.

US Calls on Low-Income Countries for De-development Aid

US Calls on Low-Income Countries for De-development Aid

Late last month, a student at New York University launched a competition called Design for the First World (Dx1w). This competition calls for “developing country” citizens to design and propose aid projects to help those in “developed countries.” The winning project receives $1,000 and will be presented at a gallery in New York City. Not exactly the billions of dollars the World Bank doles out for third-world giveaways, but a fascinating step in the right direction.

“No Impact Man” Calls for a Cultural Shift

“No Impact Man” Calls for a Cultural Shift

Colin Beaven captured the heart of today’s consumption challenge perfectly while sharing with Stephen Colbert the results of his year living as “No Impact Man”: “our whole culture is consuming. That’s the problem….” No Impact Man’s solution? Extracting consumerism from our culture and replacing it with stronger social connections and healthier living.