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Buildings use 70% of all U.S. electricity and 55% of all U.S. natural gas.
Buildings are a goldmine for sustainability innovation!

Buildings use 70% of all U.S. electricity and 55% of all U.S. natural gas.

Buildings are a goldmine for sustainability innovation!

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Converting all corn grown in the United States to biofuel would only supply 12% of the United States’ demand for gasoline.
Conventional biofuels are not the answer!

Converting all corn grown in the United States to biofuel would only supply 12% of the United States’ demand for gasoline.

Conventional biofuels are not the answer!

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Half of the land in urban areas is for car space.
Examples: parking lots, roads, garages, etc.

Half of the land in urban areas is for car space.

Examples: parking lots, roads, garages, etc.

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"Reducing unsustainability, although critical, will not create sustainability."
-John R. Ehrenfeld
What we need to do is change our basic mindset when we are approaching problems.

"Reducing unsustainability, although critical, will not create sustainability."

-John R. Ehrenfeld

What we need to do is change our basic mindset when we are approaching problems.

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22 billion people in developing countries have the same environmental impact as 1.4 billion people in developed countries.
What scarcity we face in the future relies not only on curbing population growth, but greatly on reducing the environmental footprints of developed countries.

22 billion people in developing countries have the same environmental impact as 1.4 billion people in developed countries.

What scarcity we face in the future relies not only on curbing population growth, but greatly on reducing the environmental footprints of developed countries.

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World oil production has flatlined since 2004.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to find oil resources we have not already tapped into; this is a problem of “low hanging fruit” as oil that is easily accessed has already been consumed. Crude oil’s growth rate has either stopped growing or is shrinking.

World oil production has flatlined since 2004.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to find oil resources we have not already tapped into; this is a problem of “low hanging fruit” as oil that is easily accessed has already been consumed. Crude oil’s growth rate has either stopped growing or is shrinking.

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Globally, 70% of those living in poverty are women. Of the world’s landowners, women make up just 1%.

EDIT: A rebuttal to think about. :) Thinking is good! It’s great that people aren’t just taking what I say at face value.

worldsweburntogether:

Oppression olympics. Most people living in poverty are women. Most people who are homeless are men. Most people in CEO jobs are men, while women own the majority of America’s wealth. The most people who die in work accidents are men and the most people who die from DV are women. Men and women are raped at approximately the same rates and suffer abuse at approximately the same rates. Women suffer from gynocentric media focusing on body ideals while men suffer from systematic misandric media focusing on making them look like useless idiots. More men than women are murderers and more women than men abuse/murder their children.

Etc., etc., etc.

Now can we all stop being stupid and realize that sexism hurts men and women equally?

While interesting that women in the United States own the majority of wealth in the United States (which is the rebuttal most directly related to the graphic I’ve put together), it’s somewhat irrelevant in that the statistics in the above graphic address the world as a whole and not exclusively the United States. Obviously all the other issues mentioned in the rebuttal are all very important, but personally I feel that it is most pressing to first highlight the need for a more equitable global wealth distribution (which then calls for more education, women in the workforce, etc.)—especially for developing countries—instead of simply writing off this phenomenon as “sexism hurts both sides.” Here’s an International Labour Organization report for more information on women’s conditions in the global workforce! Additionally, it makes sense that more men are subject to work-related deaths (not sure about domestic violence for women) as men still make a majority of the global workforce. Last, I’m not able to find statistics on world homelessness (anyone have a source?), but you are quite right in that the vast majority of homeless in the United States are men.

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Coal is one of the cheapest forms of energy; however, it is also among the most polluting and harmful to human health.

Coal is one of the cheapest forms of energy; however, it is also among the most polluting and harmful to human health.

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We consume 4 barrels of crude oil for each discovered.

This trend is a problem of “low-hanging fruit;” oil that is easily accessed has already been consumed earlier.

We consume 4 barrels of crude oil for each discovered.


This trend is a problem of “low-hanging fruit;” oil that is easily accessed has already been consumed earlier.

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$700 million is saved per year due to the United States increasing fuel efficiency standards in 2005.

$700 million is saved per year due to the United States increasing fuel efficiency standards in 2005.