access to a way of living in harmony with nature

Maintaining growth in the development of the economy is destroying the planet,

because this practise incites consumers in the free market economy to consume always more.  Growth in development implies producing more.  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.

Consumers can spend their money differently then to consume more, namely in pursuit of the goal: to maintain the integrity of Nature.

In order to exhort the consumer to adopt this behaviour, the law must enable him to deduct from his taxable income all the money he spends on environmentally respectful goods and services.   

Driven by personal- and financial interests consumers will then buy only products that keep Nature in perfect condition and they will account for the percentage of their costs of living, which maintains this state of Nature. 

This goal of consumers will immediately become the sense of development of the economy, because producers will pursue it in order to satisfy the demand of consumers. The macro-economic principle with which the economy is kept going will then automatically become: to maintain the integrity of Nature in the development of the economy. 

Consumers will then use the natural resources more efficiently. 

When an optimum efficiency will have been achieved in the free market economy, enough goods and services will be supplied so that poverty will be abolished and mankind will share compatible levels of well being. 

People who share satisfaction also live in peace. War, destruction and terrorism will, at last belong to history.

 The macro-economic practise of maintaining growth in development should be stopped!  

The tax-deductible-green-costs-of-living law must therefore be adopted!

Lawmakers can and must do it!

They are responsible for future generations!

We cannot keep continuing to consume more of the dwindling natural resources, particularly not by means of all our industrial might!

  The worsening of the ecological crises, like the heating of the atmosphere, clearly proves this conclusion to be correct.


Hoeilaart, 13 September 2015    Willem Adrianus de Bruijn, MBA

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