It’s been a while since I last wrote. I went to Stockholm last week with about 100 other exchange students from Jyvaskyla (needless to say how crazy that was!) and I’ve got quite a bit of studying to do with exams approaching. (Hence, the slowdown)
Just thought I’d do a quick one to let you know I’m alive etc.
I wanted to write about this before I left, and lo and behold, the topic was covered in the news from a CIBC World Markets report when I got back. (Damn, I’m always missing the boat on these things)
About 2 weeks ago, my teacher was talking about the efficiency paradox and it really got me thinking. Essentially, the more we push for efficiency, the gains are lost from increased consumption. As someone who likes to think of herself as somewhat “environmentally conscious” this was a bit of an eye opener.(Common sense, but still an eye opener). Reflecting on my own personal consumption patterns, it’s true – I love to shop – almost everything I own here is new. (new furniture, new dishes, new clothes, new boots, new jacket, etc. etc. etc . (My little trip to Sweden didn’t help this either….I love clothes.)
The solution to this though isn’t to forgo the push for efficiency, like Forbes suggests:
All smart politicians back “more efficiency” because that seems to let them embrace lower energy prices and less consumption as well. But to reduce energy consumption, we should probably mandate less efficiency, not more. Efficiency rises. Energy consumption rises, too. This is the great paradox of the efficiency. Read it and weep.
The solution is in sufficiency. What do we really need? How do we get enough out of life without just consuming more and more and more?
That’s the actual goal, not suppressing the gains from efficiency (backwards thought no?). And I guess, I for one…. should start working on that….
Thinking of more, but wow, I’ve got an exam tomorrow that I really need to start working on….
And Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. My grandma went on the ferry boat crossing the Baltic about 10-15 years ago and even then, at the age of 75 or so, she called it the “Party Boat”. My god, is it ever a party boat….