ABSTRACT

Calls for humans to change the way we live are multiplying in response to a growing list of environmental calamities and predictions. Climate change, nuclear fallouts, droughts, natural disasters, heatwaves, waste contamination, oil spills, mineral and natural resource depletion, deforestation and loss of biodiversity are just some of the sustainability challenges we currently face. Alongside these sit widespread inequalities, poverty and institutionalised inequities. Yet there remains signifi cant inertia when it comes to instigating or effecting change. Despite ‘unequivocal’ evidence that the climate is changing as a result of human activity (IPCC 2013 , p. 1), and a corresponding body of depressing literature depicting the likely impacts of those changes (IPCC 2014 ), action is sporadic and slow. Where change is attempted, it rarely challenges the status quo of modern capitalist societies: it is often reduced to simplistic mechanisms involving ‘technological fi xes’ or personal choices, where so-called green consumption results in what Marres ( 2011 , p. 517) describes as ‘the change of no change’. Such ‘change’ involves easy participation and investment, without fundamental modifi cation of how we live. Simultaneously, everyday life is constantly changing in ways that are commonly overlooked by the focus on ‘green lifestyles’ and sustainability. Increasing air travel and ICT use are just some of the sweeping changes that are transforming how we live.