Transportation. This is always a tricky one for me, since I own a Jeep and love cars. I totally get how they have a huge impact on the world. From a raw material, energy to produce, transport, and all the other waste from the other products going into a car as well like gas, oil, and so on. But do manufactures need to continue to produce thousands of new vehicles every year? Do you as a consumer need to always have a newer car? Do you need a truck when you never haul or tow anything? Again, think about all the resources that go into making and maintaining your vehicle. The part that pisses me off is how the manufactures have ways to keep resources down, increase MPG, and so much more but there is "no" money in that... Thankfully, there are a number of people calling bullshit on that one. You can have a high performing car/truck and still have less of an impact on the world. We are not there yet, but some awesome things coming.
Going back to me owning a Jeep. I got it for one reason, I wanted my home (yes my home) to be mobile. I am not looking to buy or build a house. My Jeep can and will be my home, in which I live out of. Said, that I am constantly looking into new ways I can improve my Jeep to be more sustainable. I am outfitting it with solar to power everything I own. I am also looking into different engine options to increase my MGP, ideally I would love to go electric but the distance is not there yet. So instead, I am going to be getting a used 250 motorcycle from a friend. This will be my daily driver, instead of my Jeep, saving a ton of resources. Both of these I am going to drive into the ground. I am planning to have both for as long as I live. Otherwise, carpool and use public transportation when I can. When I worked downtown I took the bus everyday, it was awesome (napped on the way in and back) didn't have to worry about parking, gas, and all that other crap that goes into driving everyday. It really adds up quickly! Heck if you can walk, walk! If you can bike to work, Bike! Do whatever you can to lessen your impact for your daily commute.
Those are just a few very small examples of the choices you can make, that actually can have a huge impact. When you stop using (demanding) X, companies have to cut back/stop producing X. Donate your old gear and clothing, let others get more life out of it. Recycle! Plain and simple. This turns your "trash" into something new. Eat your food instead of throwing it away. If it has a blemish on it, cut it out/off and eat the rest. Eat what you take, take what you can eat. Food is a huge waste issue in the United States and that shit has got to stop. Remember, all of this it is your choice! You can choose to not care and keep being wasteful or you can choose to change your habits, alter your buying, change how you get around. I love our planet. I would like to continue to call it home for myself and for the future. Said that, I am going to keep making adjustments with my choices because I can always improve. Anyway I can.
Oh PS I am not saying we should not consume/stimulate the economy. We can do that in a number of ways. What I am saying is, take a moment and think about where X is coming from. How we can change X? We (the consumers) do have the power to change the products being produced, how they are produced, and the overall impact we have on the planet. But it starts with the choices YOU make!