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Written by: Dolores Hark
Date posted: 2 March 2008

I came across an article from the Aussie press. It is a pretty creepy article:
The Age Article – “Now it’s consumer versus conserver”

Obviously the ‘vs’ is for dramatic effect. We are all on the continuum – although this article argues for actually just flipping over to the one side – pure conserver.

I sold my car in 1995, but I still occasionally ride in others’ cars and rent a car every couple years or so.

I avoid air con – I’ve worked at home for the last seven years. During a few of those I did lose the fight to an ex about having some air con units around, so I am guilty there to an extent, but I’ve been back to no air con for at least one summer so far.

I still use a refrigerator and electricity.

So here is my wish – I really wish that everyone would see the value of being a Conserver.

Virtually everyone I know is in love with their car -still!
No matter climate change, the broad geographic ramifications of it – and no matter that our government chooses hostile methods of gaining more oil.

Virtually no one I know would even consider forgoing their air con! Think of all the skyscrapers people work in – these would be uninhabitable with air con – I think – but let’s try it people!

As I personally getting to the more difficult stages of cutting back, I myself think – how will I survive sans refrigerator? There must be another way – like going back to ice boxes.

Also, we are now in the process of beginning to grow vegetables inside year round. Why? For access to healthy food. But this will suck a lot of electricity. I am not ready to give that up!

The other problem in the USA – overpackaged products and just simply generating scads and scads of waste. If we stop demanding packaging intensive products, we can make a difference on this point easily. One major area of over-packaging is food. Food is a great area to make inroads in, by changing one’s approach to keeping the cupboard stocked and how food is prepared.


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