“So people did feel that they ‘owned’ the house to some extent ie they viewed it as their home and would put resource into it. And of course some cultures believe that you should leave the smallest impact on the planet, so ownership isn’t really promoted.”

These sentences together are interesting. The first one describes the positive connection of ownership with taking responsibility and maintaining what is owned. The second one suggests that there are many cultures where that connection has yet to be realised. I hope they catch up soon!