Going shopping has an impact on the environment!

Andrea Gonzalez:

Ever since 2007 China passed the United States as the worlds largest emitter of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. But this has larger reason, China mainly exports its products, from clothes to Iphones. If one looks at the country’s environmental footprint (consumption per capita) it is actually quite small. People (the consumers) must begin realizing and taking responsibility, instead of blaming the producer (China). After careful research in 43 different countries, researchers discovered that consumers are responsible for sixty percent of the Earth’s greenhouse gas emissions and responsible for eighty percent of the worlds water use! The head of the Research team stated “We all like to put the blame on someone else, the government, or businesses,” Ivanova says. “But between 60-80 per cent of the impacts on the planet come from household consumption. If we change our consumption habits, this would have a drastic effect on our environmental footprint as well.” Furthermore, research found that consumers are also responsible for twenty percent of the carbon impact, simply from driving and heating one’s home. The impact the consumers are making is referred to as “secondary impacts”, in other words the negative environmental effect from buying the products and having them produced. For example, the majority of our water use is from the production of the products that we buy.


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