Per Capita consumption

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School of Environment
Mairi Mac Donald

Thursday, January 27, 2011 Prof. MacDonald ENV222H1S PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION Trends in consumption difficult to get data it is not seen as a significant issue in any discipline population is recognized as a problem, in a number of countries. Consumption is not really seen as a problem spatial distribution 2nd chapter on Durning reading there has been at least doubling in consumption per capita we have available to each of us at least twice of all materials and resources US: the car population is almost that of people! we see the same trend of rapid acceleration in a very short period of time same trend of consumption in the south but we need to break it down China or India: are becoming rapidly industrialized takes far more energy to feed grain to animals and then feed to ourselves than to eat the grain ourselves animal protein: will become in demand in the south as they try to compete with the north Why do we consume? consumerism allocated as a value we often define ourselves as consumers term is very new (maybe the last 50 years) it has very different connotations to the concept of the citizen to refer to ourselves proudly as consumers seems indicative as a change in values prof: unfortunate we now live and die by the state of the economy the economy is the most important thing per capita consumption is seen as a problem if we dont have the means to consume 2008: governments worried about a lack of consumer power - means that in the last few years we have taken ourselves from a position of what we want to do vs what we should do
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