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Excessive consumption is a deeply debated issue in the world today. It is an extremely important topic, that everyone should be focused on. Food waste, plastic in the environment and the use of fossil fuels are all destroying our environment. The carbon emission must be reduced as soon as possible.

“You say you love your children above all else, yet you are stealing their future right before their very eyes”

The pathos in the statement above is clear. It speaks to the consciousness of the general population but even though the power that lies within the statement is clear, we've always had one problem; looking ahead.

The one thing that stands in the way of saving the environment and reducing the overconsumption is the people inhabiting this planet. The future for the new generations looks gloomy as of now, but hopefully the future can be saved by the power of the human will, commitment and maybe most importantly; sacrifice.

If we want to continue living together on this planet, we will have to sacrifice some of our daily routines to fit the planets’ needs and to secure the survival of our race.

“I do not want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic, and act as if the house is on fire.”

The excessive consumption can be seen in many different situations and locations. We see it everywhere because we live in a “throw-away” society, which is truly bad for the environment. The whole “use and throw-away” mentality, is influenced by consumerism.

The Larder is a short story, written by Morris Lurie, in 1984. Morris Lurie is an Australian author.

The Larder gives a good example on the unnecessary excessive consumption and the mentality behind it. You can clearly see how the consumerism has impacted people, in their actions, by reading the short story.

The mentality easily makes people seem greedy, because they are doing what is best for themselves and not what is best for environment or others without further thought. People then justify their actions. For instance, thinking that it is a once in a life time thing.