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Consumption and sustainability

Growth and more growth, driven by consumption and more consumption. "For one thing, this system looks like it's fine. No problem. But the truth is it's a system in crisis. And the reason it is in crisis is that it is a linear system and we live on a finite planet and you can not run a linear system on a finite planet indefinitely." (from "story of stuff")

15 to 20 percent of Chinese emissions stem from export products

An American consumes 100 time more paper than a Chinese

6.8 billion metric tons of plastic (US only)

245 million tons municipal solid waste

Plastic bottles production worth 100,000 fuel tanks

Each year, 30 billion plastic and 10 billion paper grocery bags (US only)

One kilogram tuna meat requires 20 times the amount of other fish

Within 40 years, passenger pigeons werde driven extinct

Each year, humans kill more than 100 million sharks

25% of fish caught are used only as fish meal

4 million tons of office paper discarded every year (US only)

Oil consumption rising 47% from 2003 to 2030

Reduce. Reuse. Recyle.