Since the conversation has slid smoothly into resource conservation, let me address that topic.
The single most serious assault on reasonable resource usage is the insane kind of industrial design that seems to be taken for granted by everyone. There is universal acceptance, with only the merest counter-mention, of the system of designing wantonly for shoddy products which are soon discarded. The term planned obsolescence may be widely recognized but it is tossed off with a cluck of the tongue, while citizens stop to put out their garbage cans for the insane ritual of burial and burning.
At Zero Waste Institute we have shown how the entire product cycle can be altered for perpetual use. Yes, I did say that, perpetual. Once you stop reacting, and actually think and design, it soon becomes clear that this approach is indeed possible BECAUSE THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE. The only way to avoid waste and garbage is by reuse. And that does not - DOES NOT - mean recycling which is a way to manage garbage only AFTER garbage is created, when it is way too late. Big Garbage loves recycling because it makes garbage creation seem non-threatening and appealing. Recycling is a scam, a religion and a failure everywhere. Zero Waste, which I invented in 1974 and then elaborated ever since, is a scientific theory of how to design product cycles around the perpetual reuse of all products with a few commonsense exceptions. Resources constitute many trillions of dollars of extraction and exhaustion every year (every month?) yet the citizens of the world lazily sleep through the crisis, irresponsibly just filling up their garbage cans and ignoring the impending doom of a stripped and empty planet. It is not possible to say much more in a limited comment. Please go to the Zero Waste Institute website (spell it out and add .org) and sign on, sign in and lets try to save the planet from one of its greatest sources of assault.