Employed Americans spend 163 hours more per year on the job than we did
in 1969, we spend 40% less time with our children.
The average working American spends 9 hours per week behind the wheel.
42% of Americans report feeling "used up" at the end of the workday.
Americans spend nearly two years of their life watching TV commercials.
An average of 6 hours per week is spent shopping, 40 minutes is spent playing
Americans comprise 5% of the world's population but consume 30% of the
Northwest Earth Institute, 1998)
A person in the U.S. causes 100 times more damage to the global environment
than a person in a poor country.
For a growing number of people, pursuit of the American Dream-- as it
has been defined by economic interests-- is not a satisfying way of life.
Voluntary Simplicity aims at reducing consumption in order to
improve the quality of life, reduce expenses, and lessen environmental
The Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission offers discussion courses
in Voluntary Simplicity following a guidebook established by the
Northwest Earth Institute.
The courses are offered to individuals, or can be tailored to meet the
needs of neighborhood, workplace, and religious communities. Each
8 session course is free except for a $15 book fee.
In addition to the discussion course, the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace
Commission offers several workshops in sustainable living including:
The Ten Month Garden
Solar Oven Cooking
Food Coop Buying
Simple Bike Repair