I'm continuing to think about the difference in carbon footprints for people here vs. those who live in the U.S. Here are some of the reasons footprints are lighter here:
- Houses aren't heated, for obvious reasons.
- Very, very few people (only the rich) have air conditioning.
- Washing machines are rare; dryers are rarer; sunshine is available almost every day.
- Most people don't have computers, though everyone has a cell phone.
- Most people don't drive a car, instead taking the bus or piling on to a pickup truck.
- Most people have never been on an airplane.
And yes, I have the use of a car and a computer, and yes, I fly back to the U.S. a few times a year. It's hard to imagine doing without those comforts, but it's time to begin imagining how I and we might live differently, might leave lighter footprints.