I'm not sure what to think of this video, I'm not just looking at this a global pollutant issue but as a social issue as well.http://www.commondreams.org/video/2010/07/06-0
Firstly because I'm not fond of the 1960s counter culture, so I have that bias built in. But also because IMO the 1960s counter culture failed in many aspects while other aspects had some impact. But the video is right in how business was able to undermine the counter culture and mainstream it. The solution of open source networking proposed is something I find appealing, but I also realize such a swarm tactic has the same vulnerability as the 1960s in the threat of big business undermining and adapting to any movement. This presents a paradox:, a sucessful movement for change needs to reject much of consumerism but is also to some degree dependent on consumerism for the change. Furthermore comes the reality check lack of consumerism causes economic downturns more often than stability. While the main value of economics in consumerism is persistent economic upward movement such movement is the antithesis of recyclable resources, example: E-waste and oil. IMO the only solution is to find a way to build a line of stability where the recycling and production are better matched to close the system more, closing it entirely is IMO impossible.
I see a few hurdles in reducing consumerism
1) Electronics and our addiction and need for them
2) Petroleum and our addiction and need for for it.
To this end renewable energy non-polluting or severly reduced impact sources are of vital importance.
The fossil fuel issue is not going away, as easily petrochemicals & carbons are a raw material not just a fuel sources but with proper handling the can be geared soley to raw material production thusly reducing the need for as much of them and their pollutant. The way to do this is re-organize the methods of transport globally, IMO opinion this means no more jets, and large steam ships but a movement to solar powered & battery powered blimps and sailing vessels, and more transport by solar driven trains.
But then the problem arises, the big hurdle the "gotta have it now" attititude of the consumer, and thats goings to be atoughie to get around.
The fact is electricity is the major tool of our civilization, and for all intents and purposes is what humanity has replaced fire with. So we must determine the best ways to produce it.