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Consumerism and the importance of values

October’s Open Meeting was about “Consumerism”: Why do we consume so much? And is it really all that bad?

We started with a Think-and-Listen exercise to reflect on how we each see the consumerist society we live in. At the end, everybody was asked to write down on a post-it something negative and something positive we associate with consumerism. The word cloud below shows what was written (positives have a plus sign in front).

The answers seem to reveal our dilemma: we know well what’s not good about consumerism but the problem is big and we are worried about our economy (mentioned equally as positive an negative) and, most of all, about employment. Continue reading

The Story of Stuff

The theme for our Open Meeting on Weds 19th Oct is “Consumerism“.

We will be showing the film “The Story of Stuff” by Annie Leonard.

The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled, humorous look at the underside of production and consumption. It explores the connections between a vast array of environmental and social issues, and points the way toward a more sustainable and just world.

Afterwards we’ll have a friendly discussion, thinking about how we can transform our culture of consumption and waste into a culture that prioritizes social and ecological well-being.

You’ll learn something, you’ll laugh, and you just may never look at stuff the same way again. [UPDATE: you can read how it went here]

As usual, there will also be updates on projects ongoing and planned.

Everybody welcome! Suggested voluntary donation of £2 to cover costs.

Time and place: Weds 19 Oct, 7.30pm at Fleetville Community Centre on Royal Road, off Hatfield Road, near Morrisons [map].

To Burn or Not To Burn

You may have heard that there is a proposal to build an Energy From Waste (EfW) incinerator plant for Herts County Council on the Harper Lane site belonging to quarrying business Lafarge, near the Rail Freight Exchange site.

If you haven’t – after all, the news broke during the summer holidays – you can read the news article in the Review here.

If you wish to hear an international experts’ view on sustainable waste management and incineration, Dr Paul Connett will be speaking at the Labour Party Offices, 28 Alma Road, St Albans, Herts, Al1 3BW, on Tuesday 26th October at 5pm.
 
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