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Bill Mckibben is concerned about connection between peoples happiness and money He asserts that reinventing the world and reinventing ourselves may be one and the same 44 He begins his article with recent research which shows that people in 1957 were happier than in 1994 He says that it is unusual because for the recent years people have got a lot of things such as TV VCR dishwashers computers nice houses fancy cars that improved their lives The first problem Bill Mckibben discusses is a global warming He says that our technological progress is so huge that it can change the planet in a bad way People get all those extra cars bigger houses added applianceswhich without exception require fuel to make and to run 45 As a result carbon dioxide goes to the atmosphere Bill Mckibben emphasizes that people can help to solve this problem if they try to decrease using of that extra stuff Next Bill Mckibben states that some Americans want to change their lives they do not want to depend on money Getting some simple things spending more time with the families and friends are becoming their new goals For the purpose to prove that people can enjoy life not spending a lot of money Bill and his friends had an experiment They asked some American families to celebrate Christmas with only 100 expenses He was amused how many people were looking forward to it for they were free from pre-Christmas routine and could devote time and energy to their families Bill Mckibben also claims that there are some people who will never decrease their expenditure or substitute material things On the other hand there are some people who discovered the concept of Enough which is as useful for the planet as it is for our individual lives 45 In conclusion Bill Mckibben says that changing our lives is not a panacea from all problems Nevertheless people
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