Creative consumption is sustainable

A study done by the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi showed that there was a negative relationship between energy con­sumed and happiness. The reason for this may suggest a new way of thinking about consuming, one that […]

Should there be an automation tax?

An article entitled “Robots could threaten up to half New Zealand’s jobs in next 20 years” highlights yet another problem with our economies. The problem is that workers are losing the ability to find jobs because […]

A biofuel future?

Can we have a biofuel future?

There are three main issues that opponents to biofuels have:

They are made from food crops or grown on land that would otherwise be used for food crops
Using food crops and land […]

Christmas on the run

For many people Christmas is the most stressful time of the year. It shouldn’t be.

Yes, Christmas is a traditional time of giving, there’s nothing wrong with that at all. But what are we giving? Ourselves […]

Soft landing or brutal crash?

Energy will never be as cheap as it is now. The question is do we act now and transition to a low-energy society while energy is still cheap, or do we paint ourselves into a corner?

Global […]

Wabi-sabi

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese way of finding beauty in imperfection, richness in natural things and reverence of the simple and authentic. It is an acceptance of the transience of nature and the natural cycle of […]

Small is beautiful

E.F. (Fritz) Schumacher (1911-1977) was a German-born British economist, writer and social commentator. He is best known for his critique of Western economies and his proposals for human-scale technologies, decentralisation of production, cooperative ownership and […]

Fairer flying

Flying is bad for the environment and a major driver of climate change. The number of flights is forecast to more than double over the next few decades, making the problem worse. Flying is the fastest growing cause of climate change. However the majority of flights are taken by a very small and rich proportion of the population. In the UK 15% of all people – the frequent flyers – take over 70% of all flights.

The benefits of adult education

Adult education is a very good way to help sustain and improve society; it is relatively low cost and can easily be justified by it’s many benefits.

However, in recent years government funding for adult education courses has plummeted. In 2009 […]

Lean Technology

Lean technology is technology for well-being and sustainability.

The sustainability movement is often accused of being opposed to technology but the opposite is more true. Sustainability is tech-savvy and makes use of technology where it is […]