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dc.contributor.authorCairns, Johnen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-23T02:36:28Z
dc.date.available2014-01-23T02:36:28Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/25030
dc.description.abstractAlthough people, even nations, worldwide in the 21st century want more material possessions, the United States is pivotal because (1) although it has only 4% of the world s population, it consumes approximately 25% of the world s resources, (2) a huge number of humans wish to emulate the materialistic lifestyle of Americans, (3) since the global ecological overshoot in the 21st century is at least 20%, even the present rate of resource consumption is unsustainable, (4) as the resources per capita diminish, the probability of resource wars increases, (5) the income gap between the very rich and the very poor has increased dramatically the probability of social disorder, even anarchy, and (6) in its quest for material possessions, humankind is reducing both the space and resources needed by the 30+ million life forms that constitute the planet s biospheric life support system.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherScience and Societyen_US
dc.subjectmaterialismen_US
dc.subjectworld resourcesen_US
dc.subjectecological overshooten_US
dc.subjectdoubling timeen_US
dc.titleConsumerism and the 21st Centuryen_US
dc.typeArticle - Refereeden_US
dc.description.notesSupplementary information is included in a separate fileen_US
dc.identifier.urlhttp://www.johncairns.net/Papers/consumerism.pdfen_US
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