. . . we have used up, scattered, or otherwise lost to the future more natural resources than all previous history.

Two devastating world wars contributed notably to this loss, but their total cost is but a small part of the Gross National Product for the past half century -- probably less than ten percent and nearer five. Much of the rest of the loss is chargeable to peacetime convenience and the enforced waste of today's planned obsolescence.

This sort of thing cannot go on, although many of our practices indicate that we think it must.

 

David R. Brower


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