Consumerism in the United States has gotten way out of hand.  We have started to care more about our personal wants; rather than our global community.  Here are some quick facts and photos that may change your mind before you go out and buy something that you don’t need:

*In one year alone more money was spent on make-up than gaining reproductive health-care for women, on perfume than gaining world literacy, on ocean cruises than clean drinking water for the world, and on ice cream in Europe rather than immunization from deadly diseases for children

*the top 7 boycotted businesses in 2005 were Nike, Coke, McDonalds, Nestle, Adidas, Gap, and Burger King because of their impact on the environment

*Heinz ketchup eaten in California is made from Californian tomatoes shipped to Canada for processing just to be returned to California in bottles.  

*In one year, the port of New York City $431,000 of Californian almonds to Italy and imported $397,000 of Italian almonds to the US.

*In 2004, the UK imported 17,200 tonnes of chocolate-covered wafers and exported 17,600; imported 43,993 tonnes of potatoes whilst exporting 85,652; and imported 25,720 tonnes of milk and cream, only to export 27,125 at the same time.

It’s time for us as a society to start thinking about where our food comes from, where our clothing comes from, and where our energy sources come from.  However, it is also very important to know where everything goes once you throw it out.  A few very important decisions to make before buying ANYTHING are: ‘Do I need this?’  ‘Can I live without it?’ ‘Can I reuse something at home to serve the same purpose?’ and finally ‘Can I make this for myself?’  If you answered no to the first item, and yes to the rest, do NOT buy the item.  Instead, think of what you could be doing for the world. 

National Geographic photographers do an amazing job at showing us how beautiful the world can be.  But what if we could see this beauty any time, not just in photos?

Nature is beautiful, and we need to protect it however we can.  Always think before you act.  More than what you know has an affect on the environment.


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