Overconsumption

  • Average American household in 2008 used 934 kWh/month EEI, 45

Ecological footprint vs. carrying capacity of the earth, from Meadows, xv

  • Characteristics of overshoot: 1) growth, acceleration, rapid change 2) limit beyond which the system cannot safely go 3) delay in signals or mistake in perceptions so that signals that the limit has been crossed do not lead to immediate response Meadows, 1
  • GMOs and world hunger: people aren't going hungry because there's not enough food in the world, but because they can't afford to buy it. More high-cost food production does not help. Meadows, 66

Third world --> first world standards

  • China reaching first world living standards (at current first world consumption rates) would double the world's human environmental impact Diamond, 374

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