Faced with systemic economic and environmental threats, we’ve been told we all have to work harder and find new technological fixes. Could it be that, instead, the best solution might be a simple, social innovation, an option we’ve had all along? If working less and better can reduce pressure on public services, create a healthier society and cut greenhouse gas emissions, is it time for national “gardening leave” for all?
Yes! A thousand times yes!
An excellent article in the Guardian by Andrew Simms.
One day, I hope, the proposal that we work fewer hours won’t seem so revolutionary. Why don’t we decrease our working hours with every passing year of human civil development? With today’s technology and such a massive workforce at our disposal, that part-time employment isn’t a worker’s normal circumstance is insane.
In the time they claimed back, the couple helped build gardens at their children’s nursery in Flitwick, Bedfordshire.
In her spare time, Cassidy has helped former prisoners with their rehabilitation, built a community garden for a housing association and been an activist
The commonest question to the part-time or unemployed person: what do you do all day? Well yesterday, for example, I sat around on my arse and read comic books, thinking “I might use my spare time to change the world one day. But not today”.
I do whatever I like. Because I can. And you can too.
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