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The past decade has seen a remarkable increase in academic and policy interest in the notion of sustainable consumption, particularly as the implementation challenges associated with a substantive international agreement on climate protection have become apparent. Read more…
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SCORAI provides a forum for scholars and practitioners striving to understand the drivers of the consumerist economy in affluent technological societies; to formulate and analyze options for post-consumerist lifestyles, social institutions, and economic systems; and to provide the knowledge for emergent grassroots innovations, social movements, and public policies.
I am approaching the stage in my life when I need to plan for my retirement. So recently I talked to my financial advisor Jason at TIAA (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association), which is a very large retirement fund for people working in academic, research, and medical fields. TIAA will provide me with a big[…]
We, the sustainable consumption folks, like to talk about density and walkable and bikeable communities as important elements of a shift toward sustainable consumption. But very few of us actually try to implement these ideas. In the past year I have tried, and I can report that this was a hard-won victory, and a sobering lesson. I live[…]
The other day I went to a local pharmacy to buy a package of my favorite facial soap bars. This was no easy task. In the section for personal cleaning products the top four shelves were filled with dozens of plastic bottles full of various liquid-washing agents, with or without dispenser pumps. The soaps were humbly[…]
At SCORAI we are currently working on narratives to communicate sustainable lifestyles to the wider public. Therein we are investigating and reviewing existing approaches, tools, stories and formats. One that caught our attention recently is the movie documentary “No Impact Man”. You can watch the trailer below.