A POOR FARMER in the north of India, and a citizen in Uppsala in Sweden, has very different views of what is necessities in their life.
When both these inhabitants of the planet Earth demonstrates what is resonable demands on resources and energy, they do not relate to the nature and what it can produce. They compare usually with what their neighbours and their relatives are using, and compare with what is normalized in the region they live or the country. They compare with other peoples lifestyles. They compare with the possibilites to gain from the societies production... Someone that is very convienced to be living a good and reasonable life in Sweden may compare with the neighbour that has two cars and a heated double garage for them. This person is only having one small end energyefficient car, which is used as little as possible and it is parked outdoors, with no heating or roof for it...
But what is a reaonable lifestyle? The answer to this question is not to be found in the status quo in a region or culture. The question about sustainable lifestyle must be answered by the relation to the ecosystem and what the Earth can produce. It must be compared to the possibilites to regenerate the ecosystems and how much of this regenerated assets the humans can use for themselves. It is a question of local resources as well as global assets, as we today have a global exchange of local assets.
There are extremes in lifestyles. From those who own nothing else than the clothes they are wearing and who transport themself only by foot, to those who own more houses than they have time to take care of, letting others do the job, and transport themselves in private jetplanes. Is it possible to define a reasonable level of a lifestyle?
With this question as the background, the idea of Norm Lunda was born. It is an attempt to define a lifestyle of western lifestyle that has a minimal impact on the environment and the use of resources, but also reducing the quality of life as little as possible. In many aspects, a simpler life can actually increase the life quality and lead to better health by using a bicycle instead of a car, by splitting the wood with an axe and cut the grass with a scythe. Using human energy instead of machines.
Norm lunda is not an existentiell minimum. It is an attempt to set the limits for a reasonable lifestyle, where clean drinking water, healthy food, clean and functional clothes for all weather situations, and a roof over the head which has a good living space that is heated and peaceful... are some of the given aspects for this lifestyle. These preconditions has not been clearly defined as it is not necessary to do so, but later on they may be included.
Det finns ytterligheter i livsstilar från de som inte äger någonting annat än de kläder de har på sig och som transporterar sig till fots, till de äger fler bostäder än de har tid att vistas i och som flyger med jetplan över jorden bara för nöjets skull. Är det möjligt att definiera vad som är en rimlig användarnivå?
Norm Lunda defines values for the indivuduals usage of electricity, water, energy. Values also includes transportation resources and the technique that is essential to communicate in the society. Norm Lunda has the goal to be a reference, not a perfectioned ideal lifestyle. With this reference it is than easier to question higher impacts on environment by higher use of energy and resources and it is possible to set political goals and create agendas for a change to a more sustainable lifestyle and society.
Norm Lunda is published in Station Lundas blog, but it will also be summoned in a final report. The Norm is continlously developing and updated.
Already in the early stage of Norm Lundas norm for the use of energy it can be said, that at the present population level a country as Sweden would actually be fully covering its needs for energy use by the present production of energy from water power only. There is no need for nuclear power, neither for solar- or wind power. We don´t need the fossil fuels and much of the biofuels can be reduced too. We should not need to import energy... This is only an example of the tremendous impact that new goals for sustainability could have on a society.
/johan falk 18 october 2020