Public Perspective Impact

To add the list of my unreasonable suggestions, I have come to pitch a thought I have had for a while.

What we see in society now, ever since the growth of public consciousness regarding environmental concerns, is a persistent and genuine individual aim towards sustainable products. We have often seen boycotts, condemnations, and alternative shopping appearing whenever a major company is accused or witnessed to have committed a crime against nature.

These de facto collective actions by like-minded individuals do have an impact on the global economy. We have witnessed companies shifting their advertising and production to be more sustainable, in order to avoid the potential backlash that a savvy journalist revealing pollutants and destructive farming techniques would have.

Are the resulting positive effects on the environment good? Yes. Are they to the scale necessary? No, small scale actions to avoid journalists and open pollution doesn’t solve the greater problems caused by unsustainable economic activities. .

Will they have an impact on the price and quality of goods? Yes. Will this be noticeable? Somewhat, I’d expect food price to increase as well as some way of simulating an impact on the construction and mining industries.

Now, how would this manifest itself in the game? What I would imagine is a system wherein the greater number of Environmentalists that exist in society, the greater the economic shift to adapt to their subjective economic needs and therefore the result is that products and companies become more ethical and environmentalist in order to compete for the environmentalists’ money.

Additionally, the Environmentalists themselves would likely concern their private lives with not wasting water, not leaving lights and machines on, finding eco-friendly products, and as such would have a lessened impact on CO2 emissions and pollution, increased use in public transport, decrease in cars, increase in electric car transition, so forth.

The impacts don’t have to be great, as I described it would not be, but a minor impact would be a good way of simulating this free market reality.

We could also take this further to say that the greater the number of Socialists will mean higher working conditions and wages, the higher the number of Trade Unionists the same thing, the higher number of Capitalists the same thing (competing for labour). But this part is unnecessary, I think the environmental one is the easiest and most useful one to do.