Voluntary simplicity as an alternative to extinction
According to writer and educator Mark Burch, this society’s habits and assumptions around what makes for a good and desirable life have placed us on a course toward economic and ecological collapse. Yet while he is unflinching in his critique of consumerism and over-consumption, Burch is not without hope, as he challenges us to consider ways to gracefully step aside and strike out along an alternative pathway of personal, spiritual and cultural development.
In this edition of ideaExchange Burch calls on us to find a better life with less. There are three ways to hear this podcast (runs 1:00:02):
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More information about Mark Burch after the jump.
Mark Burch is a former lecturer at the University of Winnipeg, former director of the U of W’s Campus Sustainability Office and former Co-Director of the Simplicity Practice and Resource Centre. He has been a featured guest on CBC-TV’s Man Alive and What On Earth?, CBC Radio’s IDEAS, Vision TV’s The Simple Way, and has served as a regular radio columnist on Discovering Simplicity for CBC-Winnipeg. His most recent book is De-junking: A Tool for Clutterbusting.