It is obvious that our current model of grow or die will not work. Infinite growth is not possible with finite resources. I think it is definitely possible to maintain high standards of living while at the same time decreasing consumption to sustainable levels. Think about how many of the resources consumed are actually used. A large portion goes to waste. Food is often thrown out before it can be eaten. Consumer goods are thrown into a landfill, or used a few times before being retired to a shelf or closet. I think the most important step towards sustainable living is eliminating waste. Other useful tools will be collaborative consumption, which will allow for sharing of consumer goods and thereby limiting the overall number of consumer goods needed to be produced. However, I do not think that this alone is the answer. I think it is necessary to completely separate wellbeing and consumer goods. Ensuring that every citizen has access to healthcare, food, water, shelter, and civil liberties should be the first priority of any society, and the economy and consumer goods should follow somewhere behind. Developing nations with this idea in mind will notice more stable populations, as has been shown historically (increase social equality, decrease population). Bringing social equality will be conducive to establishing environmental equality. True sustainable consumption will not be possible, however, until people throw away the current system of wasteful consumption for profit and exchange it for one of sustainability and responsibility. Changing from a system that is currently being used globally will not happen overnight, but starting with small, local changes will lead to large global ones.