This is a fascinating, challenging article by Bill McKibben that does make me feel a lot better about the challenges facing us, and our children, in a world with less available energy:

I’m not entirely sure I fancy a return to a “Little House on the Prairie” lifestyle, but there are some really good points about us having over-shot the point where increasing growth is making us happier. As someone who is enjoying using Freecycle to declutter our house ready for our relocation, this really suits my current mood. We’ve only been here almost 9 years, but we’ve collected a huge amount of stuff. It makes me realise we really need to pause – stop and rethink – everytime we pull out a credit card. Going to keep that thought in my mind as we start to fill our new house with stuff!