Challenging our Social Values

This article, Sustainable Humanity, by Jeffrey D. Sachs*, caught my eye the other day. I want to share it with you, as I suspect that most of the people who read my blog are of the same mind as me and Mr Sachs. But if someone reads this article and realises that one more personal change is possible to reduce his/her carbon footprint, then Mr Sachs will be happy. And so will I.

Shopping locally and buying regional products wherever possible. Working (partly) from home. Using e-books instead of paper ones. These are some of the small, yet effective steps many people can take. There is still, however, reluctance to change. I feel it too. I love “real” books, French cheese, Swiss chocolate…

This article has got me thinking though. What else can I change?


* (Jeffrey D. Sachs is Professor of Economics and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and a Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals.)