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Should Developed Countries Reduce The Working Year?
Increased leisure time means less time producing. This will reduce resource depletion and help to slow the negative effects of climate change.
are responsible for 2/3rds of the world's global warming emissions; any measures possible need to be used to reduce their emissions, including a decrease in productivity.
From mowing the yard to traveling abroad, some activities in leisure time are more polluting than other working activities.
Measures to reduce greenhouse admissions should be targeted specifically to activities that contribute the most pollution. This creates an incentive for capital to invest in greener technologies, making tomorrow's economy just as productive but less destructive.
Decreasing overall economic productivity is literally the bluntest instrument possible with which to slow climate change, and would likely hurt more than it helps.