Halina Brown: Sustainable Consumption Up Close and Personal

Most of my friends are concerned about climate change and support the idea of appropriate government interventions. That is probably true for many SCORAI listserv subscribers. But how often do we engage with these friends in conversations about sustainable consumption? In my case: rarely. I do not do it because I do not want to Read more about Halina Brown: Sustainable Consumption Up Close and Personal[…]

Halina Brown: The relentless household carbon footprint creep: US and China

Since last summer I have been writing about the relentless upward creep of household consumption (and carbon footprint) with growing household income. The question that preoccupies me is this: can income and private consumption be decoupled? In my view this is one of the most important challenges for the SCORAI community: the researchers, activists and Read more about Halina Brown: The relentless household carbon footprint creep: US and China[…]

Nature’s Laws No Longer Apply…

by Chris Clugston and shared by William Rees on the SCORAI mailing list. …because we Homo sapiens have become “exemptional”! The vast majority of industrialized humanity presumes without thought or question that our industrial lifestyle paradigm – the way of life that we in the industrialized world consider “normal” – will persist indefinitely. While seldom Read more about Nature’s Laws No Longer Apply…[…]

Halina Brown: “Sustainable lifestyles worth holding on to”

It is much harder to change consumption patterns that have already been established than to find ways to keep them from increasing. This is why I think that the growing middle class in the post-soviet Europe presents an opportunity to promote sustainable lifestyles. On the one hand, these are well educated people whose basic needs Read more about Halina Brown: “Sustainable lifestyles worth holding on to”[…]

Sustainable Consumption in Poland: an Oxymoron?

I recently spent two weeks in Poland, the country from which I emigrated at age 20, long before anyone could imagine the Solidarity movement and the demise of the soviet bloc. I have visited Poland several times since the disintegration of the soviet bloc, watching the remarkable changes taking place. During the first decade of Read more about Sustainable Consumption in Poland: an Oxymoron?[…]

Teaching About Sustainable Consumption: Reflections on Consumption Logging

At times, instructors of sustainable consumption struggle to disrupt students’ deep-seated notions of consumption as an individualized phenomenon. When offering their views on why we face an over-consumption problem, many students argue it is because of human greed and selfishness. This belief is potentially problematic because students may then neglect to observe ways that institutions, Read more about Teaching About Sustainable Consumption: Reflections on Consumption Logging[…]