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The Human Footprint … Alarm !

Lately I have been organizing my computer, and the past couple of days have been dedicated to Bookmarks. While I was doing so, I came across a bookmark that I had placed for a page on neatorama.  Neatorama had a post about the Human foot print, It listed out sort of all the various consumables that we would go through in our life. Of course it is completely from the American perspective, like most of the Internet. However, it gives an idea of the consumables that we would go through our life. Check out the infographic below.

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Quite Interesting statistics there, Now I was looking to find the episode of National Geographic that had a full feature of this. It can be viewed online in various countries; but unfortunately not here in the UAE. So I had to look for some other source of the information and stumbled some more interesting inforgraphics as well as statistics.

First the statistics

Food and drink

  • Milk– 15,951 pints. To produce this amount of milk for the population, 2.1 million cows are needed, eating 100 kilograms of grass a day.
  • Meat- 89% will eat meat. 4 head of cattle, 21 sheep, 15 pigs, 1200 chickens and13,345 eggs.
  • Potatoes– 2327kg
  • Bread – 4283 loaves
  • Fruit and Vegetables – 5272 apples, 10,866 carrots
  • 95% of our food is imported.
  • Food packaging – 8.5 tons
  • Chocolate – 8.2kg a year10,000 chocolate bars in a lifetime.
  • Bake Beans – 845 tins.
  • Alcohol- 10351 pints1,694 bottles of wine0.7% of the world’s populationis drunk now!
  • Tea- 74,842 cups in a lifetime.

Human Waste, Waste and Sewage.

  • Wind1-1.5 litres of gas a day, 12-25 times a day, 35,815 litres!
  • Toilet rolls– 4239 to cope with 2,865kg of faeces.
  • Sewage– 150 litres per day per person, but also disposed of across the country in a day are 2.5 million tampons1.4 million sanitary towels700,000 panty liners and 270,000 condoms.
  • Nappies– 3,800
  • 2.5 billion disposed of each year, largest contributor to landfill, take 500 years to decompose, at age five we will have produced more carbon dioxide than that of a person in Tanzania over their lifetime.
  • 40 tons of waste sent to landfill sites over a lifetime.

Relationships with others.

  • Language– average vocabulary is 25,000 words, only 4% of the English Oxford Dictionary.
  • We speak on average 4,300 words a day, more for women, less for men.123,205,740 words in a lifetime.
  • People will know 1,700 people over a lifetime.
  • We will have 300 people in our social group at anytime.
  • Partners– 10 different partners4,239 times having s*x, about 2 times a week!
  • Love – we will fall in love 3 times.
  • Marriage – 11.5 years70% will attempt a marriage once.

Personal Hygiene

  • 7163 baths in a lifetime, 1 million litres of water.
  • 656 bars of soap, 198 bottles of shampoo, 272 deodorants, 276 tubes of toothpastes, 78 toothbrushes, 411 skin care product , 37 perfumes, 35 tubes of styling gel, 25 bottles of nail polish, 21 sticks of lipstick, 11,00 tampons/sanitary towels, 5.6 bottles of fake tan!
  • Shower gel components take 800 years to disappear from the water system.
  • We wash our hair 11.500 times in a lifetime.

Wealth and Spending.

  • £1,537,380 spent in a lifetime.
  • Housing, food and clothing £552,772, tax £286,311, leisure and entertainment£236,312.

Consumer goods

  • 3.5 washing machines, 3.4 fridges, 3.2 microwaves, 4.8 televisions, 9.8 DVD players, 15 computers.
  • 240kg of fossil fuels, 22kg of chemicals, 1.5 tons of water needed to produce a home computer, externality (doesn’t reflect their true cost, in relation to the environment.)
  • £920 spent per person on the average Christmas.
  • 628 Christmas gifts received over a lifetime.
  • 8 cars per person.

Clothing

  • Clothing market is worth Â£23 billion in the U.K., £385 per year spent on clothes,£3,222 pounds spent on clothes over a lifetime.
  • 500 litres of water and 40g of pesticides needed to produce a t-shirt.
  • 570kg of chemicals added to the water system through washing clothes.

Travel

  • 197 miles walked per year, 15,464 miles in a lifetime.
  • We will drive 452,662 miles in a lifetime. 135,950 litres of petrol will be need.
  • 59 foreign holidays.
  • 737 tons of carbon released into the atmosphere.

Information and Culture.

  • Television, 148 minutes a day900 hours a year2944 days in a lifetime.
  • 533 books read in a lifetime.
  • 3% can’t read in the U.K., 40% choose not to read, more households own two cars than two novels!
  • Newspapers read 24551.5 tons of paper
  • 24 trees will be used to make the books and newspapers you need.

Religion

  • 6 acts of worship a year, 390 over a lifetime.

Democracy

  • You will vote in fifty elections.

Health

  • Cigarettes – 77,000 over a lifetime. 1/3 of all cancers are from smoking.
  • Vomit– 2 times a year, five buckets over a lifetime.
  • 314 visits to the doctor.
  • 30,000 pills in a lifetime.
  • Tears shed 61.5 litres.
  • 104,390 dreams in a lifetime.

Death

  • 1700 people we know¦
  • 305 die of heart disease, 179 stokes, 111 flu and pneumonia, 99 from lung cancer,92 from lower respiratory diseases, 63 from dementia, 49 cancers of the colon, and32 from breast cancer, 10 from suicide, 9 in road accidents, and 1 in a fire.
  • 1 in 3 will know a person who has been murdered.

Couple all the above statistics, with the next infographic, i.e

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The real water taken to produce some of the consumables mentioned above. What do you have? A disaster waiting to happen!  Hope something like this will help enable our governments to sort out their differences amd come together on a consensus on the climate change, and the reduction of the Human footprint on the planet.

Let’s all do something, anything …. To save the planet.

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Copenhagen, Hopenhagen or Hipocratagen ??

There has been enough material and discussions worldwide on the newly coined “Climategate” referring to the leaked emails from the American Climate Monitoring agency and I am not referring to that. I am also not refering to all the debate about wether the climate change saga has anything to do with human impact on the planet. On that front I am absolutely certain that we humans are responsible to a large extent. So then what am I talking about ??
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The hippocrates that are attending the summit. I was actually quite interestingly looking for the world leaders who are visiting the summit to actually lead by example in terms of using eco aware transport, stationary and or eco aware services. So I started to look up to check on all those technologies that are displayed on green design and technology websites, to actually be used at the summit, like some shown on one of my favourite sites Inhabitat. But instead I stumbled Upon this article in the telegraph. If I were one of the leaders at the summit my head would bow down in shame ..  I have some exerpts from the article.
Copenhagen climate summit: 1,200 limos, 140 private planes and caviar wedges

Copenhagen is preparing for the climate change summit that will produce as much carbon dioxide as a town the size of Middlesbrough.
Ms Jorgensen reckons that between her and her rivals the total number of limos in Copenhagen next week has already broken the 1,200 barrier. The French alone rang up on Thursday and ordered another 42. “We haven’t got enough limos in the country to fulfil the demand,” she says. “We’re having to drive them in hundreds of miles from Germany and Sweden.”
And the total number of electric cars or hybrids among that number? “Five,” says Ms Jorgensen. “The government has some alternative fuel cars but the rest will be petrol or diesel. We don’t have any hybrids in Denmark, unfortunately, due to the extreme taxes on those cars. It makes no sense at all, but it’s very Danish.”
The airport says it is expecting up to 140 extra private jets during the peak period alone, so far over its capacity that the planes will have to fly off to regional airports – or to Sweden – to park, returning to Copenhagen to pick up their VIP passengers.
And this being Scandinavia, even the prostitutes are doing their bit for the planet. Outraged by a council postcard urging delegates to “be sustainable, don’t buy sex,” the local sex workers’ union – they have unions here – has announced that all its 1,400 members will give free intercourse to anyone with a climate conference delegate’s pass. The term “carbon dating” just took on an entirely new meaning.
Instead of swift and modest reductions in carbon – say, two per cent a year, starting next year – for which they could possibly be held accountable, the politicians will bandy around grandiose targets of 80-per-cent-plus by 2050, by which time few of the leaders at Copenhagen will even be alive, let alone still in office.
The US, which rejected Kyoto, is on board now, albeit too tentatively for most delegates. President Obama’s decision to stay later in Copenhagen may signal some sort of agreement between America and China: a necessity for any real global action, and something that could be presented as a “victory” for the talks.
You can read the whole article here. And another article here for the climate change naive guys.
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