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The Day the World Stops Shopping
The Day the World Stops Shopping: How Ending Consumerism Saves the Environment and Ourselves | J.B. MacKinnon
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Consuming less is our best strategy for saving the planetbut can we do it? In this thoughtful and surprisingly optimistic book, journalist J. B. MacKinnon investigates how we may achieve a world without shopping. We cant stop shopping. And yet we must. This is the consumer dilemma. The economy says we must always consume more: even the slightest drop in spending leads to widespread unemployment, bankruptcy, and home foreclosure. The planet says we consume too much: in America, we burn the earths resources at a rate five times faster than it can regenerate. And despite efforts to green our consumptionby recycling, increasing energy efficiency, or using solar powerwe have yet to see a decline in global carbon emissions. Addressing this paradox head-on, acclaimed journalist J. B. MacKinnon asks, What would really happen if we simply stopped shopping? Is there a way to reduce our consumption to earth-saving levels without triggering economic collapse? At first this question took him around the world, seeking answers from Americas big-box stores to the hunter-gatherer cultures of Namibia to communities in Ecuador that consume at an exactly sustainable rate. Then the thought experiment came shockingly true: the coronavirus brought shopping to a halt, and MacKinnons ideas were tested in real time. Drawing from experts in fields ranging from climate change to economics, MacKinnon investigates how living with less would change our planet, our society, and ourselves. Along the way, he reveals just how much we stand to gain: An investment in our physical and emotional wellness. The pleasure of caring for our possessions. Closer relationships with our natural world and one another. Imaginative and inspiring, The Day the World Stops Shopping will embolden you to envision another way.
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Cazxxx
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Cortg Love this! ❤️ 1w
Cazxxx @Cortg Great quote and great book! 😊 1w
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Kazzie
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Interesting insights into other cultures who have different attitudes to consumerism or have had other experiences with capitalism. Sickening to think about how much we consume, but good reminder that change is possible and good examples of people who are doing it better

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JenniferEgnor
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What would it look like if we stopped consuming and started giving back? How different, and better—might things be if we stopped producing trash, selling, and producing? If we made the things we need, that give us pleasure—to last, sustainably? These are the questions this book asks. Minimalist living can be a beautiful thing. Are you ready?
Interesting that I started reading this on ‘Christmas‘, a holiday which capitalism has such a hold on.

JenniferEgnor What‘s your vision for a different, more green world? Imagine housing which looks nothing like right now. Think smaller, wind and solar power, rooftop and vertical gardens. Homes made with cargo trailers (2 stories, more)? No more plastic or air pollution; clean water with vibrant corals. Community gardens, free trading. Intersectionality. 9mo
keithmalek Fine. But let's remember what the real problem is: overpopulation. People could, and probably should, buy less stuff, but what they really need to do is stop having kids. 6mo
JenniferEgnor @keithmalek I agree that the world is too heavily populated. I don‘t want children but I certainly wouldn‘t want to bring them up in the world that‘s coming (climate change) and the global assault on democracy. 6mo
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Lindy
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Looking for audiobook recommendations? I gathered my favourites from November into a blog post: https://lindypratch.blogspot.com/2021/11/best-audiobooks-in-november.html?m=0

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Lindy
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Consumption is THE greatest driver of environmental problems. Framed as a thought experiment, journalist & environmental activist James MacKinnon writes about powerful external forces urging us to consume & how we rely on a consumer-driven economy, which is destroying our world. I appreciate the optimism in this book, which looks at what a difference can be made by only a small shift in habits, as demonstrated at the start of covid lockdowns.

TrishB Capitalism just encourages consumerism! 11mo
Lindy @TrishB Very true 11mo
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Lindy
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We have to stop shopping. We can‘t stop shopping.

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Lindy
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These two books—with their focus on consumerism and the passage of time—complement each other well.

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