The Consumerist Conservationist She ran through the doors, pushing her way past the hundreds of others in pursuit of the ultimate goal: the newly released Xbox One. This highly sought-after piece of gaming technology was created by Microsoft for the millions of devoted gamers of this world, one of whom was her twelve year-old son. Five hours of waiting outside in the freezing cold had made these last few seconds all worth it: all she had to do was reach out before anyone else. She would become top mum, surely guaranteeing continued love and devotion from her child, well into adolescence.

follow url It’s been more than a month since I was shocked by what I witnessed being broadcast from the BBC, arms flailing in the air, people stampeding down the aisles, children being trampled and fights erupting. It seemed as though this madness had finally reached these shores, yet another consumerist import from our cousins across the pond.

see The 28th of November is marked as day by many Americans as the official start of the Christmas season, and with it the Christmas shopping season. Here in the United Kingdom, Black Friday opened its doors to thousands of eagerly awaiting Britons across the country, desperate to save a few quid on the latest TV set. In light of this, I couldn’t help but wonder whether this was a growing reflection of the trends we currently face within society – the increased spending cuts in social welfare, lower wages, higher unemployment – that led people to behave in this way, or whether it was merely another reflection of how our neo-liberal political system has failed us, from an ecological point of view, in a world where consumerism trumps all.

go to link Who am I, to be blind? Two weeks before I witnessed the scenes on the TV, I posed a question to my graduate classmates – “Can we be both conservationists and good consumers?” The dilemma I faced is one that many conservationists will be familiar with, how can we justify our ecological endeavours when we are part of the problem?

go to site Note here that reference to “a good consumer” in this context is different from what we would consider “a conscientious consumer”. Good consumers in the eyes of classical economists, put simply, are ones who spend, spend and spend. Consumption, for the sake of consumption. Conscientious consumers are people who are concerned about the effects that their spending has on the planet. People who care about where their food, gadgets and clothes come from, and how this effects their personal carbon footprints. One cannot be both, unlike yin & yang, the two do not work hand-in-hand.

go to site We live in a society where our economy is structured around the consumption of natural resources, a world where limitless growth appears possible in spite of finite natural capacity. Consumption is linked to our prosperity, to our employment, to industry and perhaps also to happiness itself.

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