The Impact of the American Dream

Lifestyles with a Price

The United States, with less than 5% of the planet’s population, consumes nearly 30% of the planet’s natural resources. Each day, the average American consumes 150 gallons of water, 3.3 pounds of food and 15 pounds of fossil fuels, while producing 120 gallons of sewage, 3.4 pounds of garbage and 1.3 pounds of pollutants. (source: Earth Communications Office).  And … while we in the U.S. are consuming and disposing of our waste over the past 24 hours, 45,000 people on our planet died of starvation, and 38,000 of them were children.

This over-consumptive American lifestyle is what most nations aspire to achieve.  However, this is not sustainable and it is clearly not just. It would take more than five planets to provide a lifestyle for all biotic citizens on this earth that is equal to that which we enjoy.

Our lifestyles have a price. We are rapidly destroying life on this earth to support our consumption patterns, while 50% of our global population lives on less than $2.00 a day and 2/3 are malnourished or starving.

A Perfect Balance by Earth Communications Office


Why Are We Here? by Earth Communications Office

Our actions are taking us to a precipice of destruction never before experienced by humankind.  Globally, we have exploited non-renewable resources and polluted our earth.  And, while 1/2 of our population cannot meet basic needs, we are spending more than $1,000,000 each second >on our militaries.  We could feed, house, clothe and educate the 38,000 children who starve to death each day for an estimated cost of $43,726 a day! (source: World Vision).