Consuming resources sustainably
Context: Four-fifths of the worlds commercial energy use is consumed by only one quarter of the population, and at a level which is unsustainable. On average, someone in a high consumption country consumes 18 times the commercial energy used by a person in a low consumption country. The former countries cause much more pollution since resource consumption is related to environmental impact. A North American causes the emission of twice as much carbon dioxide (CO2) as a South American, and ten times as much as someone living in Southeast Asia. Nutritional resources per person follow a similar distribution. Most high-income countries have near-stable populations, but their resource consumption continues to rise. In many low-income countries resource levels per person are declining due to rapid population growth. Neither resource consumption pattern in both types of countries is globally sustainable. It is hoped new energy efficient technologies and methods, such as recycling, as well as cross-sectoral global cooperation may lead to sustainable resource consumption.
Subjects: Resources Sustainable development
Type Classification: D: Detailed strategies