TAG: Consumption

Losing Our Humanity

Losing Our Humanity

Humankind now lives in a time of profound change, social and economic turmoil, and unprecedented environmental challenges. Some say the future is not what it used to be. That the past is dead. And the present is an illusion. It’s safe to say that the future holds potential vastly different to our “business as usual”, far removed from the economic model to which society’s power-brokers so desperately cling. Change is inevitable. This is not least because the challenges we face are simultaneously environmental, technological, economic, social and cultural. Human self-interest as we know it is destined to evolve. Increasingly, people… read more

Classy Makeovers At Studio Tinman

ronentinman.com

Acknowledging that new materials are not always the best choice, this artist reuses automobile and motorcycle scraps to make high end new pieces that still hold their classic details. Ronen Tinman of Studio Tinman utilizes junkyards to find his materials, stating that once he sees a compatible piece he can almost immediately visualize the new design that can be created. His pieces are smooth and artful, but they are also functional. The artist stated a background in mechanical engineering played a role in his current interest. Incorporating many different trades, for instance welding, painting and restorative techniques he is able… read more

We Can’t Go On Like This

over-spending

In the face of rising debt levels and environmental degradation, many writers now argue that economic progress (as we currently know it) is destined for collapse. They claim that it is – by its nature – doomed. This is shocking news for people who live to shop or who view television as the panacea to unhappiness. Is it possible that the over-spending, over-consuming, credit-card lifestyle of our contemporary age is on a trajectory to oblivion? Despite threatening the ecosystems upon which it depends, the overblown expression of human self-interest known as economic development (aka modern wealth) perpetuates a vision for… read more

Don’t Give Up The Fight

Don't Give Up The Fight

What do you reckon? Is the cause of today’s environmental challenges over-population? Over-consumption? Apathy? Greed? Various writers claim that our industrial system of economic development is the reason for our planetary malaise. Is the economic structure of the so-called democratically “free” world guilty? If so, how on earth can we transform a system whose global reach is ever-expanding? If poverty, like population, is a key player in our environmental challenges, surely a system established to generate prosperity is more of a help than a hindrance? Surely…not. The bad news is when you dig below the surface, the values and ideologies… read more

No More Cheap and Nasty

Cheap and nasty

Having recently survived the festive season, I witnessed with growing alarm (perhaps moreso than other years) the inordinate amount of cheap plastic rubbish that people purchase to celebrate the holidays. And I’m not talking about the cheap plastic utilitarian rubbish that lasts a few days or weeks or months then promptly loses whatever mojo it may have had only to end up broken, lost or otherwise beaten into the submission of landfill. No, I’m talking about the cheap plastic do-nothing junk known as “novelties”. From plastic “wobbly-dogs” that do nothing other than bob their heads when you nudge them, to… read more

Exploiting Nature’s Gifts

Resource conservation

There is no doubt that we live in an age rich with possibility and opportunity is in abundance. The ability to generate a significant amount of income in a short period of time has led to the unprecedented levels of consumption that the world is experiencing currently. High levels of resource consumption are largely to blame for the resource shortage that the world is experiencing today. Exploiting the gifts brought forth by nature in an unsustainable manner robs the future of any hope for human, plant and animal survival. When one considers the effects of resource shortage today, it becomes… read more

Brewing Energy Crisis

Fossil fuel depletion

There used to be a time when a home was considered luxurious when it was loaded with all the automated gadgets, was draped by the plush synthetics, and was lit well with mood sensor lighting. Well, times have not changed much. Even today, these are considered as the essence of a modern home. But what has changed with time is the need to reduce our dependence on artificial power and materials and rather to stick more and more with what nature is offering us freely. In the modern era, energy and power are our main drivers. They are synonymously used… read more

7 Billion Mouths

Agricultural production vs growing population

Increasing agricultural production to feed the world’s growing population is often seen as integral to achieving sustainable development. According to the United Nation’s Environment Programme the world’s population will increase from 7 to 9 billion by 2050 with agricultural production needing to be increased to keep pace. This is an old argument often traced to the work of British scholar and Reverend Thomas Malthus who, at the end of the 18th century argued that food production always plays catch-up with human population growth. But, as the FAO’s own data also demonstrate, world food production has consistently outstripped population growth for at least the last 50 years. So what… read more