The American Economy - Are Babies Sucking It Dry?
American children have an appetite for destruction when it comes to the US economy.
American children born in the year 1990 will use 3.1 million pounds of carbon dioxide in their lifetime.
That same amount of CO2 emissions compares to 413 plane trips from New York to Tokyo and back. These children will also use 22,828,508 pounds of water, which is the equivalent of 48,060 ten-minute showers.
How will you spend your hard earned money? Once you look over the statistics below, you may reconsider some of the past decisions you may have made.
Take another statistic into account and you can see why babies are more than just a little bit spoiled. Disposable diapers now constitute more than 1.6% of municipal waste, however 7 out of 10 Americans say they would support the ban of such diapers. So what’s going on? Why are American babies leaving such a huge carbon footprint and sucking the economy dry?
Spending money on our precious children is something that we may very well live to regret one day! It is also interesting to note that American children also say they’re more afraid of global warming than they are of terrorism, car crashes or Cancer.
The Rising Economy and American Children
One American child emits the same amount of CO2 as 106 Haitian children.
Between 2000 and 2050, the US will add 114 million children to it’s population. Africa will add 1.2 billion, but their respective CO2 emissions will be the same.
A typical American baby goes through 3800 disposable diapers in the first 2.5 years of life.
96% of American babies wear disposable diapers. In China only 6%. In India, only 2%.
Twin births have risen 70% since 1980. In 2004, 3.2% of newborns were twins.
Civil conflict is twice as likely to occur in countries where young adults make up more than 40% of the population.
72% of American adults have children.
China claims it’s one child policy has prevented 400 million births, saving 1.5 billion tons of CO2 in 2004 alone.
It would take up to 233 trees to offset the CO2 produced by a child watching only 3 hours of TV everyday for 18 years.
95% of US school buses run on diesel fuel which releases 3700 tons of soot and 11 million tons of greenhouse gases a year. School bus exhaust is linked to higher rates of lung Cancer and Asthma.
Only 45% of SUV owners in the US have two or more kids. Compare that to 1969 in which only 5% of American households had 3 or more vehicles. In 2001, 23% did.
19% of US children have one TV in their room.
America’s children make up 4% of the world population but they consume more than 40% of the worlds toys and products. In 2006, volunteers picked up 68,720 pounds of toys and 33,469 pounds of diapers during worldwide beach cleanups.
In order to do as much laundry at Walt Disney World does in one day, you’d have to do a load of laundry every day for 44 years.
By the time he/she are 18 years old, American children in a middle income family will have consumed more than $33,330 in food alone.
The average American student trashes up to 90 pounds of lunch box leftovers and packaging every year.
When asked how many times they had to beg parents for toys or products they’d seen advertised, 11% of tweens answered ‘more than 50’.
Celebrity Babies and the Economy
It is staggering what American celebrities get for their babies photos alone. What would happen if they pumped all those profits back into the economy?
Nicole Richie was paid 1 million dollars for her babies photos by People Magazine. That’s enough to sponsor 2,976 Save the Children kids for a year.
Jamie-Lynn Spears was paid 1 million dollars for her OK! baby photos. That’s enough money to buy 2 million condoms.
Christina Aguilera was paid 2 million dollars for her baby pictures. That’s enough to buy laptops for 10,000 students in the developing world.
J-Lo and Marc Anthony were paid 6 million dollars by People Magazine for their twins pictures. At $3 million per child, that’s enough to send 1,597 children a day to day care.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were paid 7.6 million dollars for their two photo shoots with People and Hello! Magazines. They did give some of it to charity but they won’t say how much. It is interesting to note, that Zahara Jolie-Pitt will produce 45,000 pounds of CO2 yearly in the US, as compared to only 221 pounds if she were still living in Ethiopia.
In similar news, it was reported that in 2004 Julia Roberts paid Hollywood’s Cedars-Sinai hospital $1700 a night for a deluxe maternity suite with valets, a chef, security staff and salon service. In 2007, she told Vanity Magazine that the "highest high" would be "growing our own food that I then make, and then composting and growing more"! In the same year she also touted flushable disposable diapers with one flaw: "If you don’t really break it up all the way, it doesn’t go all the way down."
Forecasts for the economy this year look rather bleak. Behind the dim predictions are some of the same factors that plagued the US economy last year, which were stress in the housing market and high oil prices. This double trouble is a real problem for the consumer.
Its time we American's had a very hard look at our economy and the way things are (not) going. If we don't give back some of what we take away, it will be a very sad economy for our families yet to come.
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