Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Good Life

a field of daffodilsWhere have all the flowers gone? When will they ever learn?
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Hat tip to Dorothea for this:
“… The old carters who cared for the horses and their adornments used to sit up all night braiding their manes and tails and polishing their
trappings whenever any special occasion required it. I doubt if they got any overtime for it. They did it for the sheer love of it, and the pleasure which comes from a job well done, and they found in it perhaps a satisfaction for that universal desire for self-expression the need of which is at the root of most of the sickness of the modern world …”
From “Country Days & Country Ways: Trudging Afoot in England” (1947) by C. Fox-Smith.

Fast forward to today?
“Do Good Lives Have To Cost The Earth?” - a collection of essays co-ordinated by new economics foundation and published by Constable. It is edited by Andrew Simms and Joe Smith, and is priced at £7.99 in paperback.

The chapter entitled 'The Politics of the Good Life', has contributions from David Cameron MP, Hilary Benn MP and Dr Caroline Lucas MEP. There are also essays from Phillip Pullman, A C Grayling, Oliver James, Anita Roddick and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, among others, covering a variety of related topics including food, love, politics, design and money.

Dr Lucas explores the increasingly significant link between personal wellbeing and the health of the planet. She expresses the urgent need to move away from the neo-liberal obsession with free markets, privatisation and accumulation of material wealth to safeguard not just the environment, but also our physical, emotional and mental welfare. Happiness does not derive from infinite economic growth and material wealth, but from contented families, strong communities and meaningful work.

Being Green is not about being 'backward-looking'; it is about looking forward to a future which uses cleaner, safer and more efficient energy. We need to recognise that it serves both our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of the planet to radically reform our deeply unsustainable economic system, based on the ever-increasing consumption of goods and the waste of natural resources.

The challenge for Green campaigners is to emphasise that the changes we need to make are positive ones, and that the outcomes are desirable in themselves. A green future does not have to be one of shivering around a candle in a cave - it can be a comfortable and more secure one.

1 comment:

  1. Don't you just love it when politicians try to cash in on the olde tested tried and loved - only to prove their deeds are often achieving the opposite.
    Must be an election coming up?
    Where have all the flowers gone? When will they ever learn?
    there are now over fifty varieties of vegetable and common flowers that will not grow to fruition in some parts of the UK now. Not because of Pollution - but more than likely due to the over-pure pollution that is today's atmosphere. Bring back a bit of London Smog if you want hear a real "Cough". Have they never heard of eye of newt etc., you need a combination concoction to make Magic!