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March 7, 2021

Rampant consumerism

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I couldn’t agree more with Marcus O’Mullane (Letters, December 12) in his eloquent questioning of the insanity of rampant consumerism. He asks: ‘Is it time for drastic action yet?’ Well, yes.

What action? Any action supporting reduction of fossil fuel use; from walking to financial divestment, promoting regenerative agriculture, backyard gardening, community supported agriculture, to contributing to ecosystems restoration, tree planting and forest blockades.

Top priority is reduction in resource demand, which means individuals questioning the necessity or non-necessity of every single purchase, from new clothes to toilet paper.

Is there anyone left who thinks that our current political leadership will lead us out of the mess we’re in? Not likely. Not while business-as-usual is still in full swing.

To quote another recent prophet ‘war (on the planet) is over if YOU want it’. Enough, that is.


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