The alternative, sustainable society: The simpler way

Ted (F.E.) Trainer, University of NSW, Australia


Given the limits to growth analysis of our global predicament we have no choice but to undertake radical changes in lifestyles, values, the geography of our settlements and especially change to a different economy.

We must move to The Simpler Way. The required alternative society must involve far lower rates of resource consumption and environmental damage. This must mean materially simpler lifestyles, in highly self-sufficient and cooperative communities, within an economy that is not driven by market forces and profit and that does not grow over time.

The Simpler Way would not involve hardship or giving up modern technology. It would improve the average quality of life.

Many of the ideas and ways we need can be found in many communities around the world, within the eco-village and transition Towns movements.

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