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Globalizatin of Affluence

The environmental detriment of affluence.
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kevin hagan

on 28 April 2010

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Affluenza Exportation of the American Dream So what is affluenza? Wordweb defines Affluenza as:

An extreme form of materialism resulting from the excessive desire for material goods. Symptoms:
How do you know
if you have it?
Theraputic Shopping
Binge and Purge Shopping (Shopping with feelings of buyers remorse immediately after)
Upgrade-itis (The desire for the newest gadget when your current gadget works just fine) Do you remember
these fashions? Me
Neither. But they
were the hottest
trends 10 years ago. So what's the big deal?

America is the world's top consumer. The amount of money we spend on pet food alone is enough to provide basic education, clean water and sanitation for everyone in the world with $2,000,000,000 (2 Billion Dollars) left over. Jenny Townsend
Kevin Hagan So what's the big deal?
We earn it why shouldn't
we spend it? Because we are responsible to the world as global leaders.
We influence lifestyle fashions and trends.
We export the American Dream and all it takes to make it real; deforestation, desertification, air, water and soil pollution. And Price Doesn't Equal Cost. What do you suppose the cost
of transporting car from.... Japan ....to here is? And does it include this? Through the Great Pacific Plastic
vortex Or this... Or this? Or these? Tire Dump Battery Dump Strip mining for steel Pollution from Auto Plant here... Next year the Indian Auto
manufacturer Tata plans to
launch a car in the US that
will retail for around $4,000.
Today it sells in the Near and
Far East, Russia and some other
countries for about $2,500. Imagine everyone in
India and China
owning 3 cars per
person. So what can we do? Let's change our Dream! We can dream of a world
that lives in harmony with
the planet. We can dream of
a world that values
sustainability and
ethics as much as
monetary gain. A
world that understands
the true meaning of
profit is as much about
tomorrow as it is about
today. But these are just
pipe dreams, right? Sure. And so was electricity,
the diode, the car, space travel and TV. But these changes are so big and so against the nature of business there's no real chance for them to work. Maybe not at first.
But every thing starts with babysteps, which have already been taken. Many of us have taken our first baby steps over the course of this semester, some of us have been walking for a while. The important thing is that we're moving in the right direction. 7 Billion Tons of waste clothing
is generated every year by US
consumers. That's more than one
T-Shirt per person on earth. And waste. Last year....
*157 million computer products were discarded (CPUs, monitors, notebooks, keyboards, mice, printers, faxes, and copiers).
* 20 million TVs were discarded
* 126 million cell phones were discarded
* 18% of discarded TVs and computers are being recycled
* 10% of cell phones are being recycled
* About 80-85 percent of discarded electronics were disposed of (largely to landfills) http://blog.techsoup.org/node/484
E-Waste References http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info:doi/10.1289/ehp.115-a449
Clothing waste Stars of the Green Movement: Daryl Hannah: arrested in June 2006 for staging a 23-day tree sit-in during a bid to preserve an urban community garden in Los Angeles, traveled across America in 2005 in a biofuel car, home is entirely off-grid. dh love life: a video blog focused on green topics Ed Begley Jr. Star of the Green Channel's "Living with Ed". Environmentalist since 1970, Vegan, sponsor and spokesman for numerous green initiatives and environmental groups including:
* Environmental Media Association
* Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
* The American Oceans Campaign[10]
* League of Conservation Voters
* Environmental Research Foundation
* Walden Woods Project
* Thoreau Institute
* Earth Communications Office
* Tree People
* Friends of the Earth
* Green Wish Inc
Harrison Ford: vice chairman of Conservation International, has a Central American ant named after him, won the Global Environmental Citizen Award in 2002. Woody Harrelson: "transforming the world together." This is a guy that is inspiring, focuses on biodiesel, getting off the grid, organic & overall good green-ness. Willie Nelson: Advocate for family farms, organized an promoted a 20 year benefit concert for Farm Aid which sponsors the "Good Food" movement which supports and promotes local, organic and humane food sources, owner of BioWillie, a B20 biodfuel. http://www.allamericanspeakers.com/Green_Celebrities_&_Green_Speakers.php
Green Celebrities http://www.srbi.com/time_poll_arc22.html
Credit cards http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/07_32/b4045001.htm
Pet food Stat Affluenza.” WordWebonline.com. Word Web, n.d. Web. 13 April 2010 American Transportation Statistics.” Nationmaster.com. Nation Master, n.d. Web. 13 April 2010 http://www.automobilesreview.com/category/car-makes/tata/ Reduce what we use and dispose of. Buy durable goods and refuse to bow to upgrade-itis. Reuse what we can. Many by-products and package waste can be used for other things. Use disposable products as little as possible. Recycle. We all know how to do it, it just comes down to making a little extra effort. Respect. Respect our planet by acitng responsibly.
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