Sunday, July 26, 2009

If the UK were a village of 100 people....

...then our carbon footprint would be a heck of a lot smaller. Interesting piece in the Independent, though I'm not really sure what all the stats are based on. Here's a snippet:

  • Seventy-two people would identify themselves as Christian (although only 10 people in the village would go to church regularly). Fifteen people would say that they were not religious, while there would be two Muslims, one Hindu and 10 people who practised other religions.
  • Each person would generate 495kg of waste every year. The village as a whole would generate 163kg of waste every day, of which just 47kg would be put out for recycling.
  • If Britain were a village of 100 people, 17 of the villagers would smoke, of whom 11 would like to give up.
  • Nineteen adults and three children would be classified as obese (that is they would have a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater).
  • Sixteen men and eight women would usually exceed the Government's daily sensible drinking benchmark (3-4 units per day for men; 2-3 units a day for women).
  • Eight men and four women would have taken an illicit drug in the past year.
  • Eight people would have asthma.
  • Eight adults would be suffering from depression today (but as many as 20 would suffer from depression at some point in their lifetime).
  • One person would have dementia.

The full article is also available as a Word document here, ht Start the Week. The Indy has also posted it on their Independent Minds site, so you have a choice of where to discuss it!!

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