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We need to talk about consumption

03/10/16 - RADIO: A Casual Clearance (28 mins) After her mother dies, Clare Jenkins explores the practical and emotional difficulties of clearing out her parents' home. Guardian writer Deborah Orr and her brother had faced the same dilemma a couple of years earlier, when their mother died at the family home in Motherwell, near Glasgow. And Times columnist Robert Crampton has been going through the process this year, clearing out his parents' house in Hull. What is important to keep at such a time? Is it the letters, diaries and photos, or the expensive, but disliked, heirlooms? Which objects seem pathetic, when removed of meaning? What emotions surface during the clearing-out process? Treasured possessions often have stories to tell, secrets to give up. Children can often be surprised by evidence of their parents' younger selves, including their younger voices. They consider the symbolism of inconsequential treasures such as old tea sets, job references and children's hair clippings - mundane objects that attain the status of holy relics because of the meaning a parent attached to them.

05/01/15 - RADIO: Woman's Hour - Can Choosing to Live with Less Make You Happier? (40 mins) How would you rate your satisfaction with life and your sense of well being? Could living with less make you happier? Dr Teresa Belton joins Jane Garvey to talk about the ideas in her book, Happier People, Healthier Planet.

01/10/14 - It's time to shout stop on this war on the living world Our consumption is trashing a natural world infinitely more fascinating and intricate than the stuff we produce. Is this not the point at which we challenge the inevitability of endless growth on a finite planet? If not now, when?

19/04/13 - Government must ‘get serious’ on consumption

16/04/13 - Carbon Omissions  held a public event in London to talk about consumption, climate change, inequality and the lives we'd like to lead...

VIDEO: New animation by Leo Murray with voice-over by George Monbiot:

AUDIO: The Carbon Omissions launch, speakers included: Caroline Lucas, Ruth Potts, Alice Bows, Kate Soper, Tom Crompton and John Barrett. Guy Shrubsole chaired.

"The UK's consumption cannot rise indefinitely if it is to make an effective contribution to a global reduction in greenhouse gas emissions" UK Energy and Climate Change Select Committee report