A few other notes…

…I made during the conference:

  • It’s official. 40% of Warsaw’s raw sewage is dumped straight into the Vistula (Wisła) river! And you’d be surprised how many people fish in the there. Yummy!

  • 65% of people on the planet have never made a phone call.
  • 1/3 of people on the planet have no electricity
  • While there are over 6 billion people on the planet, only 1.5 billion are considered to be part of the “global economy”
  • For China to have the same car ownership as Germany, they would need another 650 million cars. There simply aren’t enough resources on the planet to make this many cars.
  • The Chinese government wants the people to eat 200 eggs each, per annum. To feed those chickens would require the entire grain production of Australia.
  • If everyone lived like the citizens of London, we would need 3 planets to survive. If like Houston, we would need 6 planets. If like China today, about 1.5 planets. China tomorrow….well, that’s the big question.
  • The WHO suggest that cities should have 8m2 of green area (parks) for each citizen. Los Angeles has just over 6m2, London has 20m2. The best are Berlin & Copenhagen with over 30m2.

3 thoughts on “A few other notes…

  1. How many plants if everyone lived like Scatts (should his dreams of Porsche Cayenne and Aston Martin ownership come true)?

    Simple point here – we in the rich world all need to trim back our material aspirations and our consumption.

  2. I’d say I’m probably a 2 planet guy at heart but a fair bit of air travel & associated stuff for work (much as you have) must push me up closer to 3-4 planets.

    I’d actually welcome a return to a simpler life, if the rest of the world ever got on board that particular spaceship.

  3. Sorry to go all geeky but these stats, of which I have heard many, about how many extra planets we would need to bring everybody up to the level of the current Western lifestyle seem to draw their power from the ‘absurd’ notion that we would need to conjure 2 or 7 or whatever extra planets to achieve this end. Anybody looked at a map of the solar system recently? There are at least seven of them sitting there for the taking. I know it’s going to sound like tin-foil-hat weirdness but, believe me, the economic drive for resources is far more likely to lead to the massive and imminent exploitation of the resources that lie on our doorstep than they are to some kind of utopian and counter-historical return to a ‘simple life’.

    I’ll get back in my box now.

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