From Fleeing Vesuvius: Overcoming the Risks of Economic and Environmental Collapse, Nate Hagens focuses on the demand-side drivers of why our society continues to seek and consume more stuff.
“Humans have an innate need for status and for novelty in their lives. Unfortunately, the modern world has adopted very energy- and resource-intensive ways of meeting those needs. Other ways are going to have to be found as part of the move to a more sustainable world.”
Read the full chapter here: The psychological roots of resource over-consumption