Why Don't Sustainable Technologies Automatically Lead To More Sustainable Lives?

Why Don't Sustainable Technologies Automatically Lead To More Sustainable Lives?

Interesting work by ESRC. I certainly think there is a culture or set of beliefs which can lead us to live an ecologically sound life. However, just like those who have found themselves caught up in fundamentalist religion, most of the 20% are too far gone down the road of unsustainable living 'norms'. Too comfortable with what they have, not prepared to truly alter their lifestyles to the 'limitations' of sustainable technologies. In this kind of environment sustainable technologies (and this includes building practices / materials, photovoltaics etc) seem to too often become symbols of the affluent. Remaining out of reach to much of the middle income world. If we are truly talking about a one planet earth, one where the 80% are lifted up and the 20% reduce their footprint then it's my belief we need to be asking the above research questions of the 80%. After all, policy ...

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/10078...

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