What low-impact looks like

The ‘impact’ we’re talking about is human impact on nature and on each other, which can be illustrated by comparing our high-impact culture with what we’d like to see instead.

Food

High-impact: Unhealthy, chemically-grown, processed, overpackaged food.

Low-impact: Healthy, local, organic food.

 

Energy

High-impact: Environmentally-destructive, fossil-fuel energy.

Low-impact: Renewable energy.

 

Shelter

High-impact: Identikit homes built by large developers, from bricks, cement and steel.

Low-impact: Unique homes made from local, natural materials.

 

Manufacturing

High-impact: Shoddy, mass-produced corporate goods, made in sweatshops & flown around the world.

Low-impact: Hand-made, quality, local craft goods that are made to last.

 

Transport

High-impact: Car-based gridlock.

Low-impact: Getting around sustainably.

 

Economy

High-impact: An economy dominated by a relatively small number of giant, multinational corporations.

Low-impact: A new economy comprised of a large number of small businesses, co-ops and small traders.

 

Land

High-impact: Giant monoculture farms.

Low-impact: Land reform, smallholdings and small farms.

 

Trade

High-impact: Trade based on gambling and perpetual growth, to maximise returns for shareholders.

Low-impact: Trade based on local markets and stability, to maximise benefits for communities.

 

Alternatives to the debt trap 1

High-impact: Mortgage debt.

Low-impact: Self-build.

 

Alternatives to the debt trap 2

High-impact: Credit card debt.

Low-impact: Downshifting.

 

Money

High-impact: Banks.

Low-impact: Mutual credit.

 

Nature

High-impact: A degraded natural environment.

Low-impact: Pristine, biodiverse nature.

 

Opinions

High-impact: Thinking steered by corporate media.

Low-impact: Critical thinking.