I won’t bother to review it here, but I’ve just finished Bill Bryson‘s book At Home: a short history of private life. It’s a long and fascinating journey through our everyday lives, looking at the stories behind our homes and the things that fill them. It’s an entertaining read, but tucked away on the last page is a challenge that’s very relevant to this website:
“Today it takes the average citizen of Tanzania almost a year to produce the same volume of carbon emissions as is effortlessly generated every two and half days by a European, or every 28 hours by an American. We are, in short, able to live as we do because we use resources at hundreds of times the rate of most of the planet’s other citizens. One day – and don’t expect it to be a distant day – many of those six billion or so less well off people are bound to demand what we have, and to get it as easily as we got it, and that will require more resources that this planet can easily, or even conceivably, yield.”
Bryson doesn’t say what he thinks the answer to that dilemma is, but in spelling out the problem that this site tries to address, you’re not going to get much better than that.