Monday, April 14, 2008

Human Footprint

What a great show last night. It explained our impact on the Earth - our footprint in a very graphic way. For me I think the most startling statistic on the show, was that by the time a baby born in the US reaches their first birthday they will have produced more carbon dioxide emissions than a person in Tanzania will in a lifetime. This tells a lot about our society, it is possible to live with less and reduce our impact on the Earth if we are willing to change the way we live. Another eye opening statistic was that if everyone on the planet lived the way we Americans do it would take 4 planets to provide the natural resources and absorb the waste and pollution we generate. The United States makes up 5% of the Earth's population, but consumes 1/4 of the world's energy. If we want to leave our children and grandchildren with a safe and happy environment the time for change is now! I hope the parting shot that shows just a portion of our impact on our planet serves as a wake up call for people to change the way they live. Before buying anything think about its impact on the planet, recycle everything you can, limit your driving, conserve energy and water. If you missed this great show it will air again on the National Geographic Channel Wednesday April 16th.

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