Anja Lyngbaek is Associate Programs Director for Local Futures. She is also co-founder and Programs Director of “Microcuenca del Rio Citlalapa” – a local NGO in Veracruz, Mexico focused on sustainable community development. She has co-founded a rural primary school with this in mind. Anja gives talks, holds workshops and teaches on a variety of subjects related to food and farming, localization and eco-technologies to children and adults. She currently lives on a small-holding in Mexico with her family.
By Anja Lyngbaek, Local Futures
Rampant consumerism doesn’t happen by itself: it is encouraged by an economic system that requires perpetual economic growth. When national economies show signs of slowing down, citizens are invariably called upon to increase their consumption
By Anja Lyngbaek, The Economics of Happiness Blog - International Society for Ecology & Culture
With Christmas past, household consumption reached its yearly peak in many countries. Whilst this celebration still brings up a homely picture of tranquility, the truth is that Christmas is characterized more by frenzied shopping, stress and overspending than by peace and quality time.