American example, ozone depletion by CFCs(Chlorofluorocarbons), water
American consumption contributes the most toenvironmental destruction. In the Human Development Report produced by theUnited Nations in 1998 it was stated that “Runawaygrowth in consumption in the past fifty years is putting strain on theenvironment like never before seen” (Consumptionand Consumerism — Global Issues).
Consumption is defined as “the using up ofgoods and services that have an exchangeable value” (Dictionary.com). Americansconsume at a higher rate than any other country in the world.
As a result ofthis they are the primary contributors of environmental issues caused by unsustainableconsumption, for example, ozone depletion by CFCs(Chlorofluorocarbons), watershortages, forest destruction and soil erosion. US companies disclosed to thegovernment that in 2016 they emitted over four billion pounds of pollution intothe atmosphere (Effects of Consumption on Global Environment), that is over 22%of the world’s total carbon dioxide emissions from industry based research. Theworld’s environment is being destroyed by manufacturing processes that onlyexist to meet the consumption needs of the American population. Without thisconstant need for more of everything the environment would have adequate timeto replenish the resources that it offers us.
Does America consume too much? Tosome people the answer is straightforward. In the year 1994, an international conferencewas held on the topic of population and development. Representatives fromdifferent companies from each country in the world attended.
Developing countries issued a statement thatdefined that a baby born in the United States will consume during the course ofits life, twenty times as much of the world’s resources as an African or anIndian baby. It was also stated that the problem was very much overconsumptionin the Northern Hemisphere by wealthier countries and not overpopulation in theSouthern Hemisphere.Consumption in developedcountries has led to the overexploitation of goods and services of currentlydeveloping countries. There is a finite amount of food,timber, petroleum, and other materials to be divided between each nation.
Themore America consumes, the less resources are available for other developingcountries and communities. The more goods that are produced for the greedy Americanpopulation, the more greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere. Risinglevels of greenhouse gases such as methane, nitrous dioxide and carbon dioxideare a threat to our very human existence.
Almost all of the products weconsume, with the exception of food, originate in factories which get their energyfrom primarily burning fossil fuels. Devastating obliteration of forestsinstigated by factors such as agricultural processes, logging for wood, human madefires, and road building is essential for our sources of fuel and to manufacturepaper products. Massive erosion of the earths lithosphere which is partially causedby deforestation is triggering a loss of fertilized topsoil, which can affect ourplanets ability to produce food for the ever-expanding population. As theworld population increases and our global economies develop, our reliance on naturalresources must decrease.
Because if we maintain this rate of consummation to feedour materialistic beings, the poor and future generations at all income statuseswill suffer because of our greed.In the same interation conferencein 1994