D: Are you most passionate about getting plastic out of the oceans, cleaning up oil spills, trying to stop the Arctic from melting? What's the biggest issue?
RS: These are all important issues, but they are all symptoms of a deeper problem-what is going on in seven billion heads around the planet. We all want a decent quality of life. I understand that. Education, health care, happiness, the opportunity to prosper-these are all important. But we have been sold a myth by corporations greedy for growth that our quality of life is directly related to buying more, buying bigger, buying newer. It is not true. These things might bring an ephemeral happiness, but not a long-lasting sense of personal worth and value.
We need to see through this myth, and take back our power to determine our own definition of happiness, that serves our own needs rather than a corporate bottom line. At the moment we are consuming ourselves to death. As "consumers," we are quite literally consuming all the world's resources and then throwing them into landfill. We can still have a fantastic quality of life, in fact an even better quality of life than we do now, by focusing on the important things such as happiness, good relationships, and finding a job we love, rather than looking for fulfillment in the shopping malls. And this is what needs fixing.