Environmentalists should embrace materialism. Bet you didn’t expect me to make that claim, but I mean it. Materialism needs to be appreciated, just in a radically different way. Materialism in the sense of the desire to accumulative material goods, leading to overconsumption, is seen as one of the evils of capitalism, with spirituality sometimes presented as the antidote. There is much wisdom in teachings on non-attachment and the like, however there is a thread to both religious and new age spirituality which is easy to confuse. In the…

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Slow might sound like a nice thing to do for ourselves, but what does Slow have to do with the ability of human beings to thrive into the future? ‘Fast’ culture privileges speed, immediacy, quantity and the short term over the long term, and leaves us in a state of hyper-stimulation and reactiveness. While a quantity-over-quality, ‘take away-throw away’ mindset is a familiar problem for many sustainability professionals, two problems arising from a Fast orientation that I would like to call out to consider as deeper issues are…