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  • 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 with children.
  • Americans comprise 5% of the world's population but consume 30% of the world's resources.
  • A person in the U.S. causes 100 times more damage to the global environment than a person in a poor country.
(Source: Northwest Earth Institute, 1998)

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 impact.

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 Preservation
Permaculture Gardening
Food Coop Buying
Concocting Ecocleaners
Composting Toilets
Community Gardening
Simple Bike Repair
For more information, phone:  719-632-6189
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