Talking about consumption…
Below a link to an article from the New York Times (January 2, 2008).
I think the article is still very actual.
Maybe the numbers in the article are not an exact representation of (nowadays) reality, but i assume there is a lot of thruth in them (the numbers).
Text I like to highlite:
The average rates at which people consume resources like oil and metals, and
produce wastes like plastics and greenhouse gases, are about 32 times higher in North America, Western Europe, Japan and Australia than they are in the developing world. That factor of 32 has big consequences.
If India as well as China were to catch up, world consumption rates would triple. If the whole developing world were suddenly to catch up, world rates would increase elevenfold. It would be as if the world population ballooned to 72 billion people (retaining present consumption rates).
Some optimists claim that we could support a world with nine billion people. But I haven’t met anyone crazy enough to claim that we could support 72 billion. Yet we often promise developing countries that if they will only adopt good policies — for example, institute honest government and a free-market economy — they, too, will be able to enjoy a first-world lifestyle. THIS PROMISE IS IMPOSSIBLE, A CRUEL HOAX: we are having difficulty supporting a first-world lifestyle even now for only one billion people.