There are approximately seven billion
people on the earth today. As population continues to grow it is becoming clear
that the planet is not as big as we once thought it to be; it is also becoming
obvious that humans are wreaking havoc upon the environment. The big question we
have been trying to solve for the past 100 years is, "how do we maximize
production and produce more and more stuff?" The big question we now face
is, "what do we do with all the junk and pollution we have created?".
To make matters worse, we now seem more determined than ever to work harder and
produce more stuff, which creates a bizarre paradox, we are proudly breaking our
backs to decrease the carrying capacity of the planet.
So what is the solution?
A great beginning would be to reduce the industrial workweek. We would consume less, produce less, work less, pollute less and live more. Providing that the remaining work be distributed among more people, an industrial slow-down could have the additional benefit of reducing unemployment. This is a simple concept which has not garnered much attention. This book tackles the ideological constraints to environmental sustainability and proves how a reduced workweek can help solve many of our social and environmental problems.