Declaration, by David MacClement
It's 13 months since the end of 1992, when I began a living suicide. I've had plenty of time to work out what could be called my
Apparent Conflicts, requiring resolution:-
(I) Reducing total expenses (to under $1,250 p.a. for the last 13 months, in my case), doesn't accurately measure consumption of the earth's resources. Using sustainably-produced materials (e.g. organically produced food), even if higher priced, is: (a) a noticeable reduction in such consumption, and: (b) an encouragement for such producers. Transport, including CO2, costs of my purchases, are also a factor.
(II) However, the over $1000 I've committed to paying Tertiary fees and other costs for one student limits how much more I can pay (e.g. for 'organic' food) out of my ~$3000 tax-paid income. The calculation says I can increase my food bill from $12 to $13.50 a week: a negligible degree of freedom.
(III) Investing a few 10s of $thousand dollars in local sustainable social and economic initiatives, and in the Prometheus ethical investments co-operative: can't start for about 4 years, unless I sell my (11% int. rate) Natural Gas Notes. In this case: (a) it will only be possible to the extent that my food and shelter needs are met; and (b) because my interest rate will be very low, that almost certainly removes my option of helping to support our younger family member, as they try for a tertiary education in the face of Government- imposed financial obstacles.
(IV) How can I get sufficient information on all the local initiatives, &/or encourage one or more new ones?
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