Consuming resources sustainably

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.
Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal