This started out as an opinion post that I wrote back in 2015 on consumerism. I’ve edited and added some extra to try to bring it up to date.
Here we are in 2020 and the topic of Climate Change is still ongoing and getting worse.
Since 2015 a lot has happened. We’ve had two elections since and we still have the Liberal National Party in government, both elections won by them. We were all led to believe that Labor was going to win the 2019 election but the tables folded on that one and we landed with the LNP back in government again.
We’ve recently, this past summer had the worse fires in living memory on the east coast of Australia, which has devasted people, landscapes and wildlife. Then drenching rain which has created flooding in some areas.
The disasters around the world are continuing to occur due to Climate Change and there’s currently a serious health issue with Coronavirus (COVID -19) occurring in China as well as spreading around the world.
When it comes to combating climate change, where scientists have stated that that we need to decarbonise the world and coal needs to stay in the ground, we hear some politicians still talk about more coal mines and plants, fracking for gas, drilling for oil and heaven forbid nuclear power plants too. It all sounds utterly crazy.
Then on top of that, the expectation of continuous growth and mass production seems to also be in opposition to combating the effects of Climate Change. Unnecessary consumerism appears to be something we can do without too.
It seems that everything is above and beyond capacity and producing up and above global necessity.
It is obvious that the demand for production, high wages, and expensive lifestyles needs to significantly change if we have any hope of combating Climate Change.
There is no way we can continue the type of consumerism, high unrealistic standards, the constant expectation of being able to purchase whatever we like, whenever we like if we are to combat Climate Change.
Our trade system has to change. Industries should not be running at maximum capacity, constantly producing product because they say demand dictates. It all seems purely profit-driven and unnecessary. It’s not only just about jobs. Yes, people need jobs and incomes, but some businesses seem to want to pay worker’s as little as possible for maximum labour and then expect people to constantly buy products in our never-ending throw-away world.
When some of us can manage to live with very little, why do others think they need to have gazillions of dollars to live their lives? Pure greed and indulgence is the reason I think.
When I go out shopping these days to look at products like clothes, shoes or household items all I see is junk. Poorly made or inferior quality. I turn away in disgust and vary rarely buy anything unless I need it, and then I’m fussy as to what I do buy.
I feel industries are failing us, with the pumping out of products that have no style, no quality and some things have no purpose at all.
Industries need to up the quality of products and to limit the requirement to purchase these products. Some things like mobile phones, tablets and computer charges and batteries don’t seem to last, especially the phone cords that break so easily. I’ve literally a whole small box of these charges, all broken.
I honestly believe there should be no more cheap, under quality, ill-fitting, chemically saturated products, permeating our shopping centres and stores. I long for quality, for products to last a good while.
Some products are not actually needed and are just pumped out of factories purely for profit-making schemes. It all seems to have become a purely profit-driven world. It has become too overwhelming.
The waste that is being created, one can only imagine the scale of things being buried in waste dumps around the world. Even a proper recycling industry isn’t fully operational in this world or in our country.
Even if we don’t open our eyes and realise what we have to do to change, maybe climate change will force us to change. Maybe Climate Change will leave us with no choice.