Each week, our Moshav newsletter publishes a “green corner” which offers suggestions relating to conservation and environmental protection. Besides offering helpful advice, it serves as a weekly reminder to keep the “green” agenda on our minds. This week’s newsletter reminded me more of advice on how to survive the financial crisis…. the basic idea was “consume less”.
We all consume more than we really ought to, definately more than we need to, and in may cases, more than we can actually afford. As marketeers convince (seduce) us to purchase the newest, faster, bigger, better “thing”, we throw away the old (or tuck it away the closet/garage), adding more landfill, utilizing resources for production and distribution, while spending our hard-earned money, often on things we can really do without.
I’m as guilty as everbody else when it comes to shopping… but I do think I have developed greater awareness. Faced with the temptations of the store window, I think I now have the ability to ask “Do I really need that new pair of shoes???”, and answer “probably not”, well, at least some of the time.