Here is something I have pondered about my own life, but also about other people who I admire. Imagine you had to choose between having an all-consuming career that overall had a strong positive impact on the environment but left you with little time or ability to make sustainable choices (i.e., eating out a lot, flying frequently; think: Al Gore) OR work only as much as you have to in order to support your direct needs and otherwise live a low-impact lifestyle.
Which is the “better choice”? What would you choose?
My career is in the environmental sciences. I have at times been extremely busy and unable to devote much attention to my personal impact on the environment, but felt that the positive impact of my work was multiplied through its higher profile than if I worked less or not at all. At this point, I have an ok balance between work and home, but I’d rather do more on the work end and I may soon have the opportunity to do so. My personal impact will suffer, though.