More of What Matters

14 Dec

Happy Wednesday!  After today, there are only 2 more Wednesdays left in 2011 and we are feeling pretty excited to start 2012 with lots of new ideas, more information and a couple of local events in the works.  If you have suggestions of issues you’d like to read more about or suggestions of what to highlight on this blog please drop us a note at nowastewednesdays@gmail.com or leave us a comment.

For today we wanted to steer your attention towards a very neat video with a powerful message created by the The Center for a New American Dream, which focuses on helping Americans reduce and shift their consumption to improve quality of life, protect the environment, and promote social justice.  Sounds like our kind of dream! 

In this short animation, psychologist Tim Kasser discusses how America’s culture of consumerism undermines our well-being. When people buy into the ever-present marketing messages that “the good life” is “the goods life,” they not only use up Earth’s limited resources, but they are less happy and less inclined toward helping others.

The animation both lays out the problems of excess materialism and points toward solutions that promise a healthier, more just, and more sustainable life.

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