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Crisis, growth and a decent future

Posted by fracardi on November 10, 2008

As almost everyone during these months of economical crisis, I’m being brain-washed by some common-thinking statements as: a stagnating GDP is bad, a strong program to stimulate consumption is needed, economy is more important than environment and so on.

But at the end, why should I be worried if during the next years less cars are sold, less cigarettes are smoked, less money is spent in unnecessary goods? Why should I be worried if the humanity starts using energy, food, resources more efficiently?

I believe that the 50K-US$-per-head-GDP that most of the developed countries show hides a big bubble of unnecessary consumption, stupid inefficiencies and dumb destruction of our environment. It would be nice to start converting this GDP in something more intelligent, more decent, more human. How? Promoting knowledge & learning instead of consumption of frivolous goods, subsidizing green energy and green technologies, charging with even more taxes unhealthy businesses as weapons production, tobacco, alcohol, luxury goods / services, polluting technologies (including inefficient cars) etc.

Is this so visionary? I hope not.

4 Responses to “Crisis, growth and a decent future”

  1. Chavalina said

    I think you’re a dreamer… but you’re not the only one😉

  2. i like your idea, however the massive unemployment that would result from such a drop in GDP is definitley not a vote winner!

  3. fracardi said

    Greg,

    The trick is too gradually shift jobs from stupid-consumption-driven ones to ecology-compliant and smart-consumption-driven ones.

    It’s a massive change, and it demands huge and coordinated efforts from all layers of society. But we need to start. Let’s avoid being stupid consumers and let’s to focus our time, our money and our efforts on something that’s sustainable, smart, human.

    If you think well, the new generation is in part doing this, switching off the TV and shifting its time to a smarter, community-building tool as Internet.

    I have a dream😉

    Cheers,
    Francesco

  4. fracardi said

    Just found this fantastic speech of Al Gore on the objective of 100% renewable energy in 10 years!
    http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=35jWlIknSFw&eurl=http://www.repoweramerica.org/about/challenge/

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