A Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices"
- This the title of a new book, the first chapter can be read at
UCS, (Union of Concerned Scientists) in the USA, developed an
economic model to analyse the impact of household spending on the
most significant consumer related environmental problems:
Alteration of Natural Habitats;
and Global Warming.
After grouping 134 consumer spending choices into 50 categories
(Like furnishings, clothing, computers) the authors discovered that
most environmental degregation is linked to just 7 categories:
CARS (At the top)
Produce & grains;
Household appliances and lighting;
Home heating and cooling;
Household water & sewage.
Cars and light trucks cause the MOST environmental damage overall and
are responsible for nearly HALF of the toxic Air Pollution and more
than 25% of the Greenhouse gases traceable to HOUSEHOLD consumption.
Food is second only to transportation as a source of consumer related
environmental problems. RED MEAT causes especially high amounts of
environmental damage for the nutrition it delivers. According to the
book cutting the average household's meat consumption (Red meat &
poultry) in half would reduce food related land use and common water
pollution by 20% & 24% respectively.
Replacing beef with grains and produce can significantly improve
the environment said Brower. People can also help the environment by
buying ORGANIC foods.
There is a "Great Green Web Game" at www.ucsusa.org Try it!!!
Hope you find this interesting and informative.
Love Peace & harmony