Book title: Curing Affluenza
14 December, 5.30 for 6.30pm
Venue: Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest, ACT
Members (and concession) $5, non-members $10
Richard Denniss will be talking about his latest book ‘Curing Affluenza’ in conversation with Genevieve Jacobs of ABC radio.
‘Affluenza is that strange desire we feel to spend money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t know . . .’
A truly modern affliction, affluenza is endemic in Western societies, encouraged by those who profit from aculture of exploitation and waste.
So how do we cure ourselves?
In this sparkling book of ideas, Richard Denniss shows we must distinguish between consumerism, the love of buying things, which is undeniably harmful to us and the planet, and materialism, the love of things, which can in fact be beneficial.
We should cherish the things we own – preserve them, repair them, and then gift or sell them when we no longer need them. We must foster new ways of thinking and acting that do not squander limited resources and which support the things we value most – vibrant communities and rich experiences.
The book will be available and signed by the author. There will be plenty of time for discussion.