Did you know that in the past 30 years, one-third of the planetâ€™s natural resources base have been consumed? Or that in the US less than 4% of the original forests remain? These are scary facts, but ones worth remembering if we are to make any positive changes in our attitude to consumption.
â€¢ In the past 30 years, one-third of the planetâ€™s natural resources base have been consumed.
â€¢ In the United States, less than 4% of the original forests remain.
â€¢ Forty percent of waterways in the US have become undrinkable.
â€¢ The US has 5% of the worldâ€™s population but consumes 30% of the worldâ€™s resources and creates 30% of the worldâ€™s waste.
â€¢ If everybody consumed at rates, similar to those of the UK we would need 3 to 5 planets to support us all.
â€¢ There are over 100,000 synthetic chemicals on the market today.
â€¢ Only a handful of synthetic chemicals have even been tested for human health impacts and NONE have been tested for synergistic health impacts.
â€¢ In the US, industry admits to releasing over 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals a year.
â€¢ The average person now consumes twice as much as they did 50 years ago.
â€¢ We each see more advertisements in one year than a people 50 years ago saw in a lifetime.
â€¢ In the US, national happiness peaked sometime in the 1950s.
â€¢ Average house size has doubled since the 1970s.
â€¢ For every binfull of waste you put out, 70 binfulls of waste were made upstream to make the waste in that one bin.
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