The Other I

August 7, 2009

More than 4 times our share

Filed under: Environmental Issues — theotheri @ 9:04 pm

This is a number I’ve been looking for, and now that I’ve found it, I am – well, I suppose discouraged is probably the right word.

I’ve long thought that the terms global warming or environmental change made the problem appear to be smaller than it is.  I have thought that environmental resources more accurately described the problem, and now I’m even more convinced of it.

There just are not enough resources on this planet for every person alive to live what we in America consider a normal middle-class life style.

Because we Americans use about 9.2 hectares per person to maintain our current life style.  All the available hectares in the world total an average of 2.1 hectares per person.

I simply cannot see Americans or any other developed country voluntarily changing our lives sufficiently to downsize to using no more than our fair share.

George Bush kept telling the world that the problem would be solved by technology and inventing new and better sources of energy.  Apart from the fact that energy supplies do not include our increasing needs for water (not to mention clean air), I doubt very much technology can tackle this problem before the world implodes.

Enough of this for now.  I have to turn off my computer and think about this.

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3 Comments »

  1. […] [More than 4 times our share] […]

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    Pingback by All things bright and beautiful « thinking makes it so — August 15, 2009 @ 10:25 pm | Reply

  2. This really got me thinking: All things bright and beautiful.

    Hope I haven’t gone off on too much of a tangent!

    Thanks, Chris.

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    Comment by Chris Lawrence — August 15, 2009 @ 10:33 pm | Reply

    • A tangent it is not. As I said on my comment on your blog, it is absolutely to the point. We are going to have to change far more radically than I have understood until now if we are going to survive as a species. We cannot go on like this, can we?

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      Comment by theotheri — August 16, 2009 @ 3:24 pm | Reply


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