The Light Bulb Conspiracy was the first example of an economic system that is now common practice and is the cause of huge wastes : wasted natural finite resources, waste of energy, waste of money for consumers and... heaps of watses dumped usselessly!
Consuming local products is a key aspect of sustainability. Sustainable development implies 3 basic notions :
The environment : less transports (food miles), so less pollution ; less chemicals for the transportation of the products that are grown in the soil and not in greenhouses, so less energy.
Social relations : develop a tight link between producer and consumer.
Economy : develop the local economy and the local markets where producers can sell their seasonal products.
Thus some people think we can get all we need from a nutritional point of view with the products near at hand. Our needs vary according to the season and the local seasonal products that are available at every season answer our nutrition needs.
Hybrid vehicles are an intermediary solution between conventionnal vehicles and electric vehicles. The idea is making the thermic motor run with a slightly harder charge than necessary, and use this extra energy to charge batteries.
More than one century of industrial development, economic growth and intensive exploitation of nature has led us to a world where we can travel cheaply to anywhere in the world, import food, clothes and materials from any country, yet we are slowly destroying the very earth which keeps us alive. Despite increases in automation, we are working harder and harder, and neglecting our home lives to fulfil the demands of industry. The brave new world promised to us by technology has not arrived. Instead it has led to an increased gap between rich and poor within most countries and between countries. Cultures once unique and distinct are slowly merging into variations of Western popular culture. Languages and species are dying out. The outlook is gloomy! We have a very strong responsibility to the future which we will create. If we wish to provide a better environment to our children (and ourselves), we will thus have to modify our ways of life and our manner of consuming. Currently, to provide for his needs, Humanity must call upon the industry of consumption.
« We must define the techniques together allowing us to build a better world. »
Jean-Luc Henry, President of the Ekopedia Foundation