This Week’s Discussion: “Eco-citizenship & Techno-ethics” Both DuPuis and Goodman (2005) and Pudup (2007) provide us with foods for thoughts regarding contemporary socio-environmental movements. Yet, DuPuis and Goodman (2005) focus on localism and local food-system which we have previously discussed on other tutorial discussions and Pudup (2007) sheds lights on community garden projects which our classmate, Kevin, examined in last week’s discussion. Thus, for this week’s tutorial discussion, I would like to focus on “Eco-citizenship” and “Techno-ethics’ that Hobson (2006) highlights through her article “Bins, Bulbs, and Shower Timers: On the ‘Techno-Ethics’ of Sustainable Living”. Hobson (2006) argues that the consumption of particular products deemed in some respect to be more sustainable has potentially interesting impacts on the formation of people’s identities as ‘sustainable consumers’.The domestic technologies like recycling bins, low energy light bulbs and shower timers are not only integral to what Hobson (2006) calls the ‘eco-modernization project’ but that these material ‘moralizing machines’ embody a kind of ‘techno-ethics’ that work to facilitate the creation of self-identifying sustainable consumers and citizens. Discussion Questions Question 1 What evidence of ‘eco-citizenship’ do you find in your everyday life? Do you think that ‘eco-modernization project’ that Hobson (2006) highlights has been successfully permeating and spreading in our community? – e.g. GreenHome Programme in NSW Question 2 Eco-citizen World Map Project states… “75%of the citizens consume very high environmental resources. If the rest of the Earth holders consume with the same amounts, Earth will not fulfill their demands, they’ll need 3 or more Earth planets to consume” Would you classify yourself as an eco-citizen or “75%” who consume “very high environmental resources”? How often and to what extent do you prioritize ecological concerns in your daily consumption of products/services? Question 3 What will be the most difficult challenge for you to become an ‘eco-citizen’ and/or sustain your consumption of ‘eco-efficient’ products/services? E.g. – a solar hot water service, using compact fluorescent bulbs, etc. [Hobson (2006) suggests that promoting ‘Techno-ethics’ and increasing the use of ‘eco-efficient technologies’, may require sacrifice of convenience, change of habitual behaviours, and proactive, yet, self-motivated attitudes.] DISCUSSION 2. , I come from Nepal, and even though we’re supposed to be the second largest country in water resources, after Brazil. Nepal’s corrupt poetical leaders, along with the 10 year maoist insurgency has had a huge impact on the country’s hydroelectricity power. In winters especially, we have “load-sheddings” or “black-outs” everyday, which can be for a total of 12-14hrs a day. People have no other option but to buy an inverter or a generator. This is evident even in the capital city – Kathmandu.