Contemporary lifestyle and consumerism 

I’m in London waiting to get back to Lancashire and enjoying the sunshine! Yesterday I was attending the Mass Lobby of Parliament, mainly waiting in Victoria Tower Gardens with people from various parts of the country all gathered in our constituency groups. Only two of us from Rossendale & Darwen and we had made our bunting which was quite long, having been given the materials by Oxfam, who are part of the Climate Coalition. Our MP Jake Berry phoned me following a call to his office, to say he was coming over and we had a short meeting about the issues affecting us locally and globally before he had to return to Parliament for a discussion on the economy. 

I stayed in London because I missed my coach back to Manchester by about 10 minutes due to a long wait for a bus to Victoria and the rush hour traffic. 

So last night I had a walk around Covent Garden and saw a little bit of London nightlife which as you might expect seems to be doing well. This is what seems to be keeping the economy going, more and more consumerism and it’s global. Workers from Europe who can’t get employment there, come here to work, often in hospitality and retail. 

So going back to the issues we face and the fossil fuel industry which has created the lifestyles and infrastructure we now have and is dictating the decisions that politicians make, we see how difficult it is going to be to get change from the top. 

As Gandhi knew, change has to come from what we as individuals do. Society will not want change if it’s going to spoil our habits or addictions, the excesses and consumption that goes with having a (good) job or not and lifestyle.

Change is coming whether we like it or not and we are seeing it with planetary weather changes and upheavals. The poor feel it in their vulnerability, but sooner or later everyone will be affected. Let’s wake up before it’s too late!

I’m going to look into the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Circular Economy, because it is the system itself which has to change and become more co-operative like a circle and not linear and mechanical. More humane economies of care for each other and the planet which has finite resources! It is about using renewables, recycling more in a way that’s less wasteful and using non-toxic chemicals. Jobs can be created in new creative industries instead of what is detrimental to the planet. This would be more respectful and caring and make for a more harmonious world. 

I like this statement by Thomas Huebl, ‘The perfection is in the beauty and the difficulty!’

Perhaps there is nothing new under the sun, just the way we do it?

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