I thought this New York Times piece brought into layman’s terms the economic/environment conundrum:
Right now, it seems almost impossible to imagine ever spending more on things except, maybe, gasoline. And yet the prospect of less consumption fills us with dread. It’s not the having less part that is frightening — people are generally happy as long as everybody’s in the same boat. What’s frightening is the fear that our system can’t handle less, and it’s not as if there’s some other system out there shouting: “Try me! Try me!”
And if you want to take a longer view, maybe we’ve got to – somehow – abolish the whole judgement implied in the word “taste”, if you follow the view that the chase for taste drives consumerism.