sweetredwine Posted March 20, 2011 Share Posted March 20, 2011 Most everyone agrees that we are using too much of the earth's resources, but can we cut back without some sort of a mandatory rationing system? Over the last decade or so, our family has cut back drastically, mainly due to economic difficulties and disagreement with "globalization ethics". Nowadays we fill up the car only about once a month, eliminate vacations, bathe and wash clothes less often (spot-clean instead of whole garment), stopped buying almost everything (especially clothes and shoes) unless absolutely necessary - and started living on a very small single-income. When our debit card was cloned a couple of years ago the police couldn't believe we actually lived on our stated income ... they checked our bank account statement history thoroughly, and seemed amazed. But we know many people who manage to live on much less than us, and we're still trying to reduce our impact on the environment. What do you think about rationing systems, can we move into a new world ethic without making it mandatory? According to this mayor Mayor Sticks by Her Guns on Voluntary Rationing she believed that her own voluntary program was working and warned that mandatory cutbacks could slow business and cost jobs, saying "God doesn't want people laid off, nor do I". Wonder ... Could she - and others - believe in a God that wanted people to lay off and give up their (non-essential) jobs to take better care of their families and to reduce the strain on our planet's natural resources? Your ideas? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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