We believe that in a world confronted with unprecedented challenges a new sense of moderation among those countries taking the lion's share in global wealth is a central answer to many problems. Having multiplied our economic prosperity in the last four decades we have come to the destructive attitude that all the wealth we possess is something we naturally deserve, something that is due to us. It's not only that we are mostly unwilling to share our abundance, that we have become insatiable consumers instead of reflected and responsible citizens. What makes us really concerned is the stance towards our economic demands. We deem it a personal right, a bare matter of course to get everything we want. And not in the slightest do we care about the entailing consequences. We have infantilized ourselves. It's much more comfortable to deliberately ignore instead of living up to the responsibility we should undertake as citizens. It's abusing our freedom to solely use it a guarantor of abundant wealth.
We don't aim our criticism at politicians or single companies. We direct it to each single consumer who thinks it's appropriate to change her smart phone on a yearly basis, who thinks nothing of flying to vacation twice a year, who is fine with buying the cheapest clothing to go clubbing and discard it the next morning. We don't want our societies to turn into a mass of selfish ignoramuses who don't give a damn about the lives of those people who pay the price for our abundance.
IMEB has the settled conviction that a sense of moderation will help solve these problems. It is a responsibility of free citizens, of those having all available resources, to think about the consequences of their consumption decisions. Of the fate of those we exploit to satisfy our demands, of all future generations weighed down with the load of a planet hostile to life.
We don't have a right to consume more and more. We have a responsibility to be moderate.
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Our aim is to reach as much people as possible and provoke them to think. We cannot change the world overnight. What we can do is to take a first step. Change starts by changing one's mind. This is our aspiration.
November 2015 We are searching for volunteers for our Flyer Campaign! If interested (also on
basis), let us know by firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 2015 According to Amnesty International, Shell still deceives the public concerning its efforts to clean up the oil pollution in the Niger Delta. The mess is visible to
the unaided eye.
September 2015 Just this Saturday (September 26) we participated in a nationwide protest against Shell and its efforts to flow oil in Alaska. Now Shell has
ceased its drillings (officially) due to lack of chances for success and high costs.
September 2015 Have a look at this new documentary: "Landraub" by Kurt Langbein.
September 2015 Again, one of Apple's subcontractors has turned out to exploit its workers. According to Sacom (Students and Scholars Against Corporal Misbehavior), China-based
Lens Technology (produces touch-activated screens) forces workers to work for a month without any pause, pays salaries sporadically, and exposes its workers to deleterious working
August 2015 Have a look at this article (in German)!
July 2015 A new study of the effects of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions is published in Science. The lesson is
clear: The oceans have reached their limit to withstand man-made climate change.
July 2015 We have added Samsung to our target list of companies whose customers we want to reach. We contacted Samsung in February 2015 to receive information about the concrete
steps Samsung has undertaken to prevent child labor after the 2012 child labor scandal in Samsung's Chinese supplier factories. We haven't received an answer yet.
June 2015 The new documentary THE TRUE COST looks behind the concept of fast fashion. Director Andrew Morgan follows the
exploited Bangladeshi garment worker Shima Akther who can see her little son only once a year.
The movie shows the abyss of ignorance of Western shoppers towards the lives of those who produce their cheap clothes.
You may want to look here.
"I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsame
trouble, every social advance as a first step towards revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all."