The Non-Consumer Advocate
There are some great websites that are swimming against the current of consumerism. Here’s one, from Portland, where I live: The Non-Consumer Advocate. It consistently makes the point that the quality of our lives is not measured by the stuff that we own.
This idea is a stick in the wheel, or a spanner in the works, of the consumer banking industry. If people made do with less, we wouldn’t need credit card debt, and then - what would happen to the banks? We need to be courageous to think about living that differently. If China had to close some of their coal-powered planet-destroying factories, if Walmart’s profits dropped from billions to only hundreds of millions, if we spent less time in traffic jams and had more time to hang with families and friends - that would reqiore a big adjustment. But one worth making, I believe.
Note that non-consumerism doesn’t have a $300 billion advertising budget like consumerism does, so it takes some effort to find alternative voices. Check out the site.