Luxury – It’s the one word that some love, cherish and desire whilst others totally despise it. Most people who are wealthy have an ‘abundance’ of luxurious goods. Most other people are pursuing that very same dream of possessing beautiful products to enrichen their lives. This in itself is not necessarily bad because most people take pleasure out of having wealthy possessions. However, the question emerges:
Do we need all this “luxurious stuff?”
The answer is; it depends. Every individual is different and therefore have different wants and needs. Whilst one person is happy with a simple apartment, another person aims for a grandiose villa in Florida. The same goes for clothing. One person wants a well-known brand such as Lacoste whilst another person is content with a t-shirt from Primark.
The point I’m getting at is that although everyone has their own preferences, needs or desires, the major difference is that people who endlessly aim for more (luxurious) stuff end up leaving a larger carbon footprint than others. Is that a reason for concern? The resounding answer is yes, it is a major problem.
Carbon footprint – “the total sets of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organization, event, product or individual.”
People who leave a larger carbon footprint behind are in some ways indirectly responsible for the extracted, processed and transported resources that end up in the products they buy. Now, obviously we all need resources in order to sustain ourselves and our way of living. However, those who endlessly aim for more goods/products/stuff have a larger stake in all of this. This doesn’t mean that they are bad people, but the point is:
Are they aware of the damage they are causing to the environment?
Personally I don’t think so. A certain number of people who are wealthy don’t really think about the damage they cause to the environment. Although we are becoming increasingly aware of the damage we are causing to the environment through our activities, I still think that there is a form of denial or intentional blindness to it. This is because we as humans have the tendency to overlook or turn a blind eye to bad things that are happening around us. Yet, this doesn’t mean that we are ignoring every problem, but we do tend to make them smaller than they actually are.
It’s time to face reality, stand still for a moment and deeply think about the way we live. This means thinking about the way we buy, consume and dispose our goods/products/stuff.