Re: What do you do to reduce global warming?
You have a very good point about the amount of waste caused by industry, it is a pet peeve of mine in fact.
It requires a cultural change which will take many years, but at the moment it seems to be that if I can do something that will make me and my business money, then I am somehow enobled by doing it.
Pay $1,000 on a business trip that makes me $10,000, then obviously I will do it. If I fly instead of driving or even better take the train - who cares, it earned me money and sod the world.
Currently the polluter doesn't pay, but all that pollution is building up into a giant metaphorical garbage heap that slowly but surely is becoming unstable and will one day start to slide towards town unless we do something about it.
Your're right about the rich being the worst culprits too. The greater the resources the greater the usage and waste. Some figures I came across recently in terms of hectares of productive land or sea to resource the lifestyle of one person:
India - 0.7
China - 1.6
Brazil - 2.1
UK - 5.6
USA - 9.7
I know that's not quite what you meant, but it's very easy to excuse doing little by pointing to others. Compared to the vast majority of the world - we are the rich.