February 2014
Illustration by Felipe Lara

Addicts of Consumerism

(from globalissues.org)

"What pigs we are. Or to put it even more directly, the “average American” consumes 1.7 tons of pork in a lifetime, according to one of the myriad facts and figures in “Human Footprint” on the National Geographic Channel;" said the New York Times in their review of the show a few years ago.

And all that consumption is highly concentrated. Using latest figures available, in 2005, the wealthiest 20% of the world accounted for 76.6% of total private consumption. The poorest fifth just 1.5%. Breaking that down slightly further, the poorest 10% accounted for just 0.5% and the wealthiest 10% accounted for 59% of all the consumption.

Don't keep hitting the snooze button, Wake Up!
Read the NY Times review of Human Footprint
Read the full article at globalissues.org
Watch the Human Footprint from National Geographic

Here's links to some organizations battling excessive consumerism and its effects. Check them out:

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