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We are washing away the foundations of our existence on every front. It is high time we move from crashing about on the planet like a bull in china shop and find a way to go forward with intent. We must find systems of living based on sustainability. The systems and tools exist, it is up to each of us to adopt them.

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Monday, 28 April 2008

Are you a Consumer or a Citizen? - By Robb

To paraphrase James Howard Kunstler, stop referring to yourself as a consumer, think of yourself as a citizen. To carry it further, don't let anybody else get away with calling you a consumer, it is degrading. A citizen has responsibilities to his/her community, a consumer does not. A citizen has an opinion that matters, a consumer does not. A citizen has power, a consumer does not. We are not meat that grazes and dies for the betterment of the consuming economy, cattle to be fed upon. Become an asset to your community, not just another consumer of it. Get to know your neighbors, work together to craft a sustainable neighborhood. Consumption should be a conscious choice. Socially conscious consumption is a good first step to becoming a citizen. Consume less, consume wisely, consume as if your future depended on it. It does.

1 comment:

jillebeans said...

Hi Robb,
Thanks for dropping by my blog (weareenviromental.wordpress.com). This is a great post and a great way to think about consuming.

There is something that makes people want to buy, buy, buy. It is easy to forget that not everything we do is connected to our purchasing decisions - we can make a difference in other ways, too.

Cheers,
Jill