Roughly 1.5 billion people in the world’s consumer class – who drive automobiles, own refrigerators and televisions, and shop in malls – consume the bulk of the world’s fossil fuels, metals, wood products, and grain. A newborn in the US requires more than twice as much grain and 10 times as much oil as a child born in Brazil or Indonesia – and produces far more pollution. In fact, a simple calculation shows that the annual increase in the US population of 2.6 million people puts more pressure on the world’s resources than do the 17 million people added to India each year. – “State of the World”, Worldwatch

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