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Is there an eco-balance?

By: Isabelle Kingsley, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 18 Aug 2011

It can be a challenge to lead a sustainable lifestyle that is easy, affordable and suits our personal needs. Is there an eco-balance to living sustainably and living comfortably?

Sustainable living is about making lifestyle choices about shelter, power, food, transportation, water and waste. But will changing certain things that make our lives easy, affordable and comfortable such as long hot showers, the lower price of factory farmed meat, turning on the dryer and driving the car to work affect our quality of life? Are we giving up comfort and ease to do our part for the environment? 

How do you feel about this eco-compromise?
 

2 comments

Isabelle Kingsley - 9.08 AM, 25 August 2011

Good point.  The government does have programs, bonuses and rebates to provide monetary support to households, industry and the community in being more sustainable.  Is this working?  Are there other ways to make sustainable living more affordable for all?

jon_cant - 11.08 AM, 19 August 2011
Personally I don’t find that I am giving up too much in trying to live sustainably, but I do understand the compromise we face and would argue that giving up a little comfort for the ‘greater good’ is not too much to ask. Technology is constantly advancing and finding more effective and sustainable ways for us to go about our daily lives. Of course, it is not as simple as that makes out and I would add that this situation presents another challenge. How do we make sustainable living more ‘affordable’ so that everyone has the opportunity to contribute so that the eco-compromise is lessened for those whom the compromise would be greatest. Cheers.

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