According to Co-Op America, industrialized nations represent just 20 percent of the world’s population, but do the bulk of the damage to the environment, particularly because much of the production and development occur in these countries. The average American buys 53 times as many products as someone in China. This makes one American’s consumption of resources equivalent to 35 Indians and 13 Brazilians. Obviously, we need to not only take a look at what we produce and how we’re producing it, but how much we consume and the resources used to make that happen.
—Helen Han, NAWBO President and CEO