Making a Better World Via Our Consumer Choices
We live in a world that is sometimes experienced as bereft of any real control or autonomy. Most of us are forced to work for a living, to pay the mortgage and put food on the table. We make limited choices, which put us on particular pathways toward a certain collection of vocational experiences. We meet a partner or mate, and we craft a shared life, some with and some without producing children. Where we live determines our national identity, and we are consequentially responsible for our government’s choices. In Australia, we live within a free enterprise economic system, which means that property sits at the centre of our values.
What You Buy Can Change the World
Within all these parameters there are still things that we can do to influence our world. Making a better world via our consumer choices is clearly possible. What we spend our hard-earned money on can be a lever to press in the giant capitalist machine, which operates around the globe. The power is in how and on what you spend your dollars upon. Things like cruelty free and vegan makeup are becoming conscious choices for the ethical consumer. If how animals are treated is important to you, you can do something about it.
What We Purchase & Invest In Can Determine Our World
Similarly, natural medicines are experiencing a resurgence of popularity. People are choosing to turn away from the pharmaceutical industry and its mismanagement of antibiotics, which could become a major global health crisis. What we, as consumers, purchase and invest in can determine the kind of world we live in. Ethical investing is another powerful means of changing the world. Those who invest in alternative energies, solar, wind, wave, biomass, and tidal, can make a difference. As can those who choose not to invest in companies that mine and produce fossil fuels.
Capitalism Must Be Managed & Directed Toward Good
Social media platforms like Instagram can be forces for good in spreading this message. Positive uses of these media channels can encourage communities to embrace ethical consumption and investment globally. The recent Facebook misuse of our data, through insidious companies like Cambridge Analytica, points to how vigilant we must become in this brave new world. Capitalism must be managed and directed toward outcomes, which aid the planet, rather than destroy it. We all need to be socially aware of what is going on in our local communities and around the globe.