A couple of years ago the New Economics Foundation published a report on time, 21 Hours. It makes a case for a shorter work week, and shows how everybody wins when work is distributed better through the economy – the unemployed get work and the overworked get leisure time. And did you know that there’s a correlation between longer work hours and higher carbon footprints? When people work longer hours, they tend to compensate by engaging in more energy-intensive forms of recreation.
I can understand that. I know people who work very hard, don’t take their full holiday allowance, and then jet to the Bahamas for a week of intensive relaxation. Binge leisure, in a sense. Whereas I, being a part-timer, spend half my week pottering about, writing a blog, growing vegetables and playing shape-sorter with my boy. A Bahamas holiday would be wasted on me, but then there are different ways to measure wealth. If you choose to measure yours in homemade soup and novels, you may find yourself to be considerably richer than those that measure it in exotic holiday locations and designer furniture.
Anyway, 21 Hours seems to have hit a nerve in our time-poor society, and nef have summarized their thoughts into this four minute video. Well worth your time on a friday.