I'm attending the aspen environmental forum and just heard this fact (amongst many other ugly facts):
The average american baby generates the same carbon footprint by the age o ONE as an average Tanzanian does in their lifetime. Noodle on that.
...and you live to around 45-52 (depending on whose stats), and 51% are below the poverty line (as of 1991).
Sure, if on average you die young, and every day is a fight against mind-numbing poverty and AIDS (8% as of 1999) you'll have a low carbon footprint.
Green is basically good, and deserves sacrifice, but you have to have SOME basic quality of life context, or it's a meaningless comparison.
...and with that out of the way, I did want to say, you've got a great blog, and always interesting thoughts. :)
March 27, 2008 at 08:05 PM
and what is the gdp created by the average american over their lifetime vs the tanzanian? not saying that gdp production shoudl trump all but you have to think about efficiency of resource use as well as absolute level of use.
March 27, 2008 at 10:41 PM
Ah - more support for my decision to not have children.
Brad Feld |
March 28, 2008 at 06:45 PM
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