Did anyone else watch The Human Footprint on National Geographic last night? It was incredible! It analyzed exactly how much milk and wheat and bananas that a person used up in their lifetime. Not only that, but it also calculated how much energy, water, and carbon monoxide emissions we effectively use in a lifetime as well. It was a really incredible show. The cool thing about it was that they actually showed you what a lifetime of showers (or diapers, or lotions, or oranges, or you fill in the blank) you as one American will use in your 77 year average lifespan will use with actual items layed out. The vastness was mind blowing!
I am a parent and I am always harping on my child to recycle. I believe that it not only shows respect for yourself, but for other people and the universe as well. I am really embarrassed by how much we as Americans use up in our lives though. We account for five percent of people and we use up 25% of resources in the world. It really makes you think. What can I start doing today to positively impact the future?
Does anyone have any great tips, pointers, thoughts on this issue?