A recent survey of 14 countries by National Geographic and GlobeScan ranked US consumers as having the worst green habits. Brazil and India topped the list of the “Greendex” survey with 60 points out of a possible 100, followed by China with 56.1 points. USA had a lowly score of 44.9. This survey was aimed at studying the consumer lifestyle choices that citizens of each country made in their everyday lives. The main focus of the study was to rank consumers in 4 areas: energy, transportation, travel, and consumer goods. While it is definitely discouraging (but somewhat expected) that the US has ranked at the bottom, it is a promising sign that consumers in emerging economies like Brazil, India, and China are making greener choices. Here is a detailed score for all the surveyed countries. More details about this survey can be foundhere.
Source: National Geographic Society, GlobeScan
Within the US itself, Texas has the highest Carbon output, followed by California. New York ranks the 8th worst. Any guesses for the Greenest state? You can find all the states ranked oneredux.(Btw, the greenest state is Vermont). They have a pretty detailed and interactive graph where you can find the rank of your state.
As we can see from the Greendex rankings, even the top ranked countries have a vast scope of improvement to be greener (A score of 60 out of a 100 on an exam wouldn’t be very flattering, would it?) . Even though it does take plenty of government interventions as well as rules and regulations to improve the green standards of living in a country, there are a lot of small things that everyone can do to bring about a major change.Stopglobalwarming.comhas a list of steps that everyone can take in their daily lives to help make a contribution towards a greener environment. These are not necessarily compromises that one has to make towards their lifestyle. A lot of the items on the list will help save individuals money on their electric bills as well as provide a longer lifespan to a lot of devices.
Let us know if you have any suggestions that other members can use for adopting a greener lifestyle.