This past 40 years we have been drunk on convenience with no concept of cost. We now know there ARE costs – landfill waste, pollution, emission, planned obsolescence, modern slavery, resource depletion, false economy and product dumping. We can neither deny nor unknow these things. We can no longer ‘throw away’.
There is no ‘away’.
The good news is it is not so long ago that we knew how to mend and repair, to grow, to make, to share, to reuse, to wear out, to save, and to make do. We can get those skills back. We are the link to helping future generations grapple with the world we have left by learning, sharing and passing on skills humans had for millenia and lost in only about 40 years.
Essentially, opening our eyes to how we make and consume, to then actively regenerate resources or at least effectively sequester at end of life. We can create more circular prudential resource systems that show we know where our stuff comes from, how it is used, and where it ends up.
Educating ourselves on all aspects of daily life, of resources, science, waste and culture – is about life literacy.
My dad used to say being literate about life has two benefits – one is that you’ll meet all sorts of folks and need to appreciate and get along with most of them.
The other is just as important
– to be able to smell bullshit from a bit farther away. 😉