Monday 23 October 2017

Denis Naughten: 'The extent of the damage our appetite for excess is doing to our world is unthinkable'

Communications Minister Denis Naughten. Photo: Tom Burke
Communications Minister Denis Naughten. Photo: Tom Burke

Denis Naughten

I am appalled that we as a small nation generate two tonnes of food waste every minute, yet one person in every eight go hungry in Ireland.

The extent of the damage our appetite for excess is doing to our world is unthinkable.

It is a conundrum of our time that deprivation exists alongside a wasteful culture and what we do about it.  Older generations laid much store by the adage 'Waste Not, Want Not'.  They understood the seasonal and cyclical nature of abundance and need.  In a modern society, where everything is available, all year round and at every price point, new insight is required as to how we can live within the capacity of our planet in terms of the materials we consume and the waste we must manage.   It is easy to preach to people that our way of life is unsustainable.  It is harder to convince them to take action.

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