Due to overconsumption, small numbers of affluent people strain the earth’s limited resources far more than much larger numbers of poor people. The United States contains 5 percent of the world’s population but accounts for 22 percent of fossil fuel consumption, 24 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, and 33 percent of paper and plastic use. A child born in the United States will create thirteen times as much ecological damage over the course of his or her lifetime than a child born in Brazil. He or she will drain as many resources as thirty-five natives of India.
—Ronald J. Sider, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger (via eatcakeanddie)