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Ep. 644 - The Day the World Stops Shopping: How Ending Consumerism Saves the Environment

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Published on 20 Sep 2021 / In Science

9-20-21 Allen Cardoza Interviews J.B. Mackinnon

Consuming less is our gest strategy for saving the planet—but can we do it? In this surprisingly optimistic book, author J.B. Mackinnon investigates how we can achieve a world beyond consumerism.

We can’t stop shopping. And yet we must. This is the consumer dilemma.  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 America’s 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 MacKinnon’s 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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