Auszüge aus einem Bericht der European Environment Agency:
Some facts about consumption
- Europe consumes more resources than most other regions. An average European citizen uses about four times more resources than one in Africa and three times more than one in Asia, but half (!) of one in USA, Canada or Australia
- Resource use in Europe is increasing. Resource use per person increased by 9.1% in the EU-27 between 2000 and 2007, reaching some 17 tonnes per person annually.
- 87% of EU citizens agree that Europe could use its natural resources more efficiently, and 41% think that their household produces too much waste.
- Europeans use more and more space to live on. The average floor area of dwellings increased from 81 to 87 m² since 1990, while the number of people per household decreased from 2.8 to 2.4.
- Europeans travel more kilometres by car. Although cars on average become more fuel-efficient, overall fuel consumption for private cars does barely go down, mainly because more kilometres are driven.
- An estimated 89 million tonnes of food ends up as waste each year in the EU. This is roughly 180 kg per citizen, wasted in households, manufacturing, shops and restaurants.
- Current consumption leads to unsustainable waste levels. In 2008, every citizen on average threw out 444 kg of household waste, and indirectly generated 5.2 tonnes of waste in the European economy. And this is just in the EU – no data are available on waste generated from producing products and materials imported from other regions.
Wir wissen also was schief oder falsch läuft – nur keiner will den ersten Schritt einer Wende machen, also leben wir so weiter wie bisher und tun so, als ob wir von nichts wüssten. Ein paar Jahre sollte es wohl noch reichen und dann sind hoffentlich wir nicht mehr gefordert.
Ob das ein gutes Verhalten ist?