Richard Weigel
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Richard Weigel is now a member of Global Network on Sustainable Lifestyles
Dec 18, 2015

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Name of your organization
Hawaii Sustainable Lifestyle Network
What is your main area of expertise?
Long history of activism against consumerism and unsustainable economic systems and ideologies. I bring my concepts in voluntary simplicity and ecological economics into larger political and social issues mostly here in the Hawaiian Islands.
What is your main interest in lifestyles?
I became a student of the movement for voluntary simplicity in the early 1990s, particularly centered on the work of the New Road Map Foundation and the book Your Money or Your Life. I founded the HI Sustainable Lifestyle Network in 1996 in response to the Pew Foundation research study in 1994 regarding personal environmental decision making. My Hawaii-based movement is aimed at both microeconomics (promoting sustainable lifestyle patterns of recycling and reductions in consumption), and macroeconomics (seeking a change in economic paradigms from consumption-growth ideology-driven liberal capitalism to a paradigm of sustainable development and ecological economics. In short, I back the de-growth movement in whatever ways I can in my local community of the Hawaiian Islands, and through interface with other non-profits and academics in global change strategies.
What are you seeking in the GNSL?
Networking, Get to know about activities on lifestyles, Tool sharing, Access to resources, Meet investors, Meet partners, Know about events
How do you envision your lifestyle in 2030?
I would hope to be still advocating for change -- but from a perspective where our use of sustainable technologies and communications has allowed society to move further toward a new sustainable relationship with Earth. I would like to participate in using high-tech sustainable technologies, but I understand that non-consumption can move us at least as rapidly.

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