access to a way of living in harmony with nature


Only the consumer can solve the ecological crises,

because he can do it by adapting his ways of living

until they leave the environment unblemished.

He is going to live in that way the moment he can deduct the money he spends on goods and services that maintain the integrity of Nature from his taxable income.  He will then buy only such products. 

The demand of these consumers for these products will oblige producers to compete with each other until they have restored the perfect state of Nature and keep it in that condition.

My demand to adopt a law, which allows this tax deduction, is based on three concepts, which I have founded in the science of economy.  The first concept is: the goal with which consumers spend their income determines the sense of development.

In the present economy the consumer spends his money with as goal: to consume more.  This goal is determined and sustained by the macro-economic practise of maintaining growth in the development of the economy.  Growth in development implies that more is produced.  However, production figures are included in the GNP's only if that what is produced is also sold and thus consumed.

It is not possible to continue consuming more of limited resources without eventually depleting them.  Nevertheless that is what consumers have been doing with the limited resources of the planet since commerce began and particularly since the beginning of the industrial revolution.  There is no more to consume more.  The reserves are depleted.  No growth is possible anymore, in spite of the almost 0% interest rates, which central banks maintain since years. 

The consumer should spend his money with a different goal than to consume.  To survive with seven billion people with the nature of this planet, the consumer should spend his money with as goal to keep Nature in perfect condition.  He will do it out of personal- and financial interests; two mighty drives in human behaviour, after the tax-deductible-green-costs-of-living law, is adopted. 

Another concept, which I have founded in the science of economy, is: the principle of efficient utilisation of resources.  In order to achieve an optimum efficiency in the use of resources, costs should be managed at the source of the incomes, which they generate.  This implies that the people who earn the incomes should manage the costs with which they create revenues.

By applying this principle, the efficiency in the consumption of resources in the ways of living of consumers will increase drastically and finally become optimal.  Enough goods and services will then be produced so that everyone everywhere can enjoy compatible levels of well being.  There will be no more poverty.  People who share satisfaction live in peace.  

A third concept is: it is the responsibility of the consumer to ensure sustainable development, or, better to say, a development that meanders forever within the limits of Nature.  It is the profession of the consumer in the economy to sustain such a development.  He has to be paid for exercising this profession.

Some consequences of adopting the law

The state will have more funds at its disposal once the law has been adopted. The total amount of money, which income tax paying consumers hand over to their states is less than the costs of having to repair the damages to the environment caused by the present ways of living of consumers.  By living in harmony with Nature, consumers will keep the environment sound.  No more funds will be necessary to repair the environment or to protect it, if that would be possible.  Moreover because the economy will take off again, producers will produce more, will thus earn more and therefore pay more taxes. This increase will compensate for the decrease in taxes, which consumers pay. 

Considering the sound scientific base of the need to adopt the law, which I propose and the many advantages, which will result from it, politicians cannot permit themselves not to consider my demand.  If they do, they collaborate intentionally and with premeditation in destroying the planet and in eradicating humanity.

The present state of the economy is that seven billion consumers continue to consume more natural resources.  To persist in maintaining growth in development destroys the planet. 

Hoeilaart, 4 February 2016    Willem Adrianus de Bruijn, MBA

Material to support this demand is given on the next page.