I used to love magazine subscriptions. Finding a magazine in the mailbox was a treat that gave me time to sit back, relax and just enjoy some quiet moments. Then I felt guilty about the paper used to print the magazines and my carbon footprint and canceled my subscriptions. There was one magazine I missed terribly, Yes! Magazine, and so recently resubscribed to it.
Today I propped the magazine up in front of me and read part of the new issue while crocheting. Not a common combination I’m sure but it works for me, when I came across a chart and caption showing what life would be like if the US were to cut their energy use in half.
We hear all the time that to cut our energy use in half would be to drastically change our way of life, but that might not be so.
Can you see what it says?
What kind of conditions would result if we slashed energy use by half? Worldwide, we’d be at late-1950s levels, in the U.S., more like 1920s. Not exactly the Dark Ages. Put another way; Half the current use would catapult the U.S. into the primitive state of using energy like the U.K……in 2015.
Source: Research from Peter Kalmus and Post Carbon Institute
I was shocked!! I knew the US used more energy than the European countries did but to see in print that we use double what people in the UK used just last year? How can we justify the lifestyle that causes this much waste?
Seems to me we need to stop and take a closer look at how we are living and why we use the amount of energy we do.