While doing my homework, I ran into a fantastic permaculture site from Australia, FantasticFarms.com.au. While I could paraphrase everything they say, I'd rather link you to their site. Below is one of their pages with regards to our wasteful lifestyles and beliefs.
SIMPLE FRUGAL LIVING IS THE WORLDWIDE NORM
course, most people in the world live the very simple self sufficient
life out of necessity. The westerner lifestyle is not the norm but the
exception, but its days are numbered…
With global climate changing
rapidly and potable water and oil reserves waning, I can’t help
thinking that frugal simple living on farms and productive urban gardens
could soon be an absolute necessity for most westerners too.
it’s not that hard to learn to be more efficient, when it comes to
resources, most of us have been conditioned to be wasteful. Waste drives
economic growth. So clever marketing propaganda has convinced many
that it is our birthright to squander, misuse and spoil the world’s
In terms of
the wasteful 20% in the developed world use and desecrate more than the
other 80% of the world put together!!! So if you think the biggest world
threat is overpopulation, think again….
practiced the virtue of living the frugal simple life and now it is time
for us to take up the challenge. Our survival may one day depend on
our ability to live simply and cut consumption! In the meantime it is
authentic way to happiness
as well as reducing our ecological footprint to become more responsible earth citizens.