Typical George Monbiot piece in the Guardian. A rant against consumerism leading to a call for a movement against consumerism. Well yeah, but for what ? He is right when he says …
“Our challenge is now to fight a system we have internalised.”
But I think you need to broaden your search for the cuplrit system, beyond consumerism itself. Most people really are more intelligent than to ignore the detrimental aspects of comsuming whilst ignoring the collateral damage.
The internalised system – the meme – we are suffering from, is one that leads us to expect simple logical considerations like this to be reflected in collective action. We have come to rely, through their immense success, on the processes of science and technology to lead us to “the right decisions and actions” as if by faith in their empirical, objective and reductionist magic.
We have internalized the “scientism” meme, at the expense of values and wisdom, in all aspects of living on the planet.
What we need is a movement for wisdom, values, quality … you name it … to counterbalance the idol of objectivity in numbers and logic.