The real cost of our luxuries
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Posted 5/22/11 , edited 5/22/11
Here is a little information about the real cost of our capitalists life styles and that not just America, but the rest of the devoped world including Japan, UK, Australia, Canada and Europe. If you ask me, humans are going to be real cause of the end of the world.

Happy reading and this is only a tiny fraction of what we as humans are doing.

In a 2008 report for the United Nations Environment Programme it was claimed that the total cost of environmental damage at the hands of human activities ranges between $2 trillion (£1.3 trillion) and $4.5 trillion. A third of all the environment damage caused can be accounted for by 3000 of the worlds largest public companies, with oil and gas producers and industrial metals and mineral extraction companies producing nearly one trillion dollars worth in 2008 alone. The report also warned that by 2050 the total cost of environmental damage annually could reach $28.6 trillion as a result of water and air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, general waste and depleted resources. In the Philippines alone, it was claimed by Green Tropics International (GTI) it would require PHP30 trillion ($150 billion) to restore the countries denuded forests over a period of 85 years. Chinese fruit farmers are having to pay people to pollinate apple trees, because there are not enough bees around to do the job. Globally, artificial pollination is costing $190 billion each year in order to replace insect pollination. Whilst the sums of money involved are staggering, the cost to natural world and the wildlife within is just as staggering.

Loss of habitat and degradation is the primary source of human activity threatening most endangered species accounting for 86% of bird and mammal species and 88% of amphibian species currently under threat. Other human induced activities such as climate change, introduction of alien species, over-exploitation of natural resources, pollution and disease is accounting for the majority of the remaining threatened species. The marine environment is not fairing much better with up to 70% of the worlds coral reefs either threatened or destroyed despite providing jobs, income, recreational opportunities, food and storm protection to more than 500 million people worldwide. Many scientists and conservationists are very aware of the damage to the world natural environment caused by man and estimate the current rate of extinction is between a thousand and ten thousand times higher than that of the expected natural rate of extinction.

The vast majority of habitat destruction is occurring in developing countries; however it is the richest 1 billion of the worlds population that consumes 80% of the worlds resources whilst the remaining 5 billion people consume the remaining 20%. A 2003 report by the FAO (Food & Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) highlighted this problem between the rich and poor of the world, showing that over 840 million people in the world are malnourished, 799 million of which live in the developing world with 153 million of those being children under 5. The human cost of this can easily be shown by 34,000 children under five dying of hunger or hunger-related diseases everyday (6 million a year) with a further 12 million people dying each year due to a lack of clean drinking water. These figures are hardly surprising when nearly 3 billion people have an income of less than $2 a day. Furthermore, 113 million children in developing countries have no access to basic education 60% of which are girls.

Posted 5/22/11
We help overseas, but we have our own domestic problems.

We're supportive on aiding Haiti in the first or two months.
But, after that, we become less driven.
People nowadays are event-driven. We give a damn because media says so.
Why people tune in to watch the recent event of royal couple kissing at the balcony?
They're just puppet figures with no power over authority at all.

Which do we aid more, the Haiti's earthquake tragedy or the Japan's tsunami tragedy?
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old news is old

ive known for sometime this crap was going on yet all we think about is the numbers why cant we just stop this madness and do what needs to be done in order to save ourselves

we are binding ourselves to the rules we made and thanks to it we are going to drag everything including us into the abyss yet all we think about is the bottomline...
Posted 5/22/11
Luxuries are overpriced and unnecessary.
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Are you ok? not having a fit are you?

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Posted 5/23/11

Sonovabitch wrote:

Luxuries are overpriced and unnecessary.


Not really. For example, having a pc is already quite luxe, are you telling that a pc is unnecessary nowadays?
Posted 5/23/11

Baka-God wrote:


Sonovabitch wrote:

Luxuries are overpriced and unnecessary.


Not really. For example, having a pc is already quite luxe, are you telling that a pc is unnecessary nowadays?


Depends on the PC. There are very cheap ones.
Posted 5/23/11
Hey, hey, it's a corrupt world. Humanity is going to destroy itself, too bad I imagine.

I just hope the dumbfuck governments all around the world realize how invaluable space is.
Posted 5/23/11
....Bleh
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Posted 5/23/11
yea i'd definitely have somethings to say about this i've done a lot of times in school, but yea, i'd like to live in luxury. Luxury can mean differnt things to different people. Read Geo.
Posted 5/23/11 , edited 5/23/11
Well, we all gotta go someday. I prefer it to be around scantily dressed men feeding me grapes as I drink expensive wine and contemplate on the life I once lived. Though I digress.

Why do we fulfill our own downfalls? Simply because humans are rather stupid, selfish creatures. We never learn from the past and continue to ignorantly destroy our future, not knowing that there is a simple answer right in front of us.
Posted 5/23/11
meh
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Posted 5/23/11
Well we better get colonies on other planets so that we can screw those over too. The sooner the better.
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