George Monbiot – The Gift of Death

Pathological consumption has become so normalised that we scarcely notice it.

 

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 11th December 2012

There’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, nothing they even want. So you buy them a solar-powered waving queen; a belly button brush; a silver-plated ice cream tub holder; a “hilarious” inflatable zimmer frame; a confection of plastic and electronics called Terry the Swearing Turtle; or – and somehow I find this significant – a Scratch Off World wall map.

They seem amusing on the first day of Christmas, daft on the second, embarrassing on the third. By the twelfth they’re in landfill. For thirty seconds of dubious entertainment, or a hedonic stimulus that lasts no longer than a nicotine hit, we commission the use of materials whose impacts will ramify for generations.

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About Rob Symons

My name is Rob Symons. I live in Pietermaritzburg, kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. MuthiMuthi is my Zulu nickname which means tall tree. I am an Organic Farmer and an environmentalist. I live and work on Broadleaze Farm in the Mkondeni valley on the eastern outskirts of Pietermaritzburg.
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3 Responses to George Monbiot – The Gift of Death

  1. Thanks Rob for reminding us J

    P.

  2. A really great post. Interesting it arrived just after I posted Green Christmas on the SLIP blog! I think we should post this there as well. http://slip2013.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/green-christmas/

  3. Robin Lewis says:

    How do we go about turning those desires to consume off?
    We are buying all of our presents at the thrift stores this year, probably for things we don’t need or don’t want or won’t ever use, but it’s great fun…

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