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.

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