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Global Inequality - All people should share the world’s resources.

You should go green because everyone on earth (not just the wealthiest people in the most developed countries) should evenly share the world's resources.

It's one of the first lessons your parents tried to teach you: Sharing. It's one of the best ways to get in touch with those around you, whether you're cooking a delicious dish for a potluck or helping out someone who needs a lift. And why not apply it on a big, global scale? If we use only what we need of the world's resources and share the rest, there would probably be a lot more to go around. Plus, we'd probably become better global citizens and make sure we leave this planet habitable and equitable for our children.

Spread the wealth - address global inequality

In your move to go green, you're becoming a great global citizen. Reducing your impact on the planet will reduce your overall consumption, freeing up more resources for other people who are less fortunate. If everyone went veggie or cut the amount of meat they ate every year by two-thirds, then we would have more food to go around and we could reduce greenhouse gases. Plus, you'd get to eat delicious locally farmed meat that isn't jam-packed with strange hormones or byproducts. Yum!

Pigging out on carbon

Here's the hard truth: you probably consume more than your fair share!  Surprisingly, with only four percent of the global population, the United States creates more than 20 percent of worldwide emissions. However, just because we were lucky enough to be born in the top percentile of the world's wealthiest doesn't mean that we should pig out on carbon! There are so many easy, simple ways to reduce your carbon consumption that will actually save your money. Plus, for every kilowatt you save, you're making some energy room for someone without a car, electricity or access to Internet to enjoy the same kinds of luxuries we do. Sounds fair, doesn't it?

Didn't your mother teach you how to share?

Not only will going green allow more room for others, but will also help us keep our planet livable for longer! Climate change and other environmental damage reduce the ability of the Earth to provide for us. It's been proven that climate change and pollution will most severely affect the poorest and most vulnerable in a society. This applies both on a global scale and in your own country. Going green will reduce the negative impacts you have on others and will enable those in developing countries to use more resources. You can also help by encouraging governments to invest in educational programs and technology transfers to parts of the world that need the help, which will help them use your saved energy more effectively. It's a win-win situation, as long as we hold up our end of the bargain.

Is a more equitable world a safer world?

By supporting a more equal world, we could even be looking out for our own safety! Climate change is "the greatest long-term threat" to achieving global equality, according to British Foreign Secretary David Miliband. These inequalities are not just morally offensive, he said, but also dangerous, as they fuel extremism and undermines the global economy. By extending a generous hand to countries that need our support in fighting the effects of climate change, we will be fulfilling our human commitment to address the insecurity and inequality that extends beyond our borders. Hopefully they'll forgive us for creating most of the pollution in the first place! Global inequality creates tensions

What goes around, comes around

Sometimes it's easy to forget the cyclical nature of the environment and economies. In this age of globalization, very often one country's problem soon becomes a problem for another. In an inspirational feat of global cooperation, smallpox was defeating in 1979. The brutal disease left death and disfigurement in its wake, but with communities and international organizations spearheading eradication, it was successfully beaten. As we live, work, travel and play in this interconnected world, we share health and environmental problems that can be transferred from one country to another. This can range from potentially catastrophic changes in precipitation and water distribution to mosquito-borne diseases that are climbing altitudes. If we can slow climate change and improve the world's environment in the process, why not help out other countries?

Wet feet in our living rooms

After years of frustrating negotiations with international superpowers, Bangladeshi Atiq Rahman tried to communicate how desperate the situation was in his home country in 1995. More than a hundred thousand people had been killed by devastating floods and typhoons in his country, and the prospect of more natural disasters was increasing. "If climate change makes our country uninhabitable, we will march with our wet feet into your living rooms," he declared. This is not a threat we should take lightly. We are already seeing these so-called climate refugees moving from their slowly sinking island nation of Tuvalu to New Zealand. As poor countries suffer the negative effects of climate change, we can be quick to forget that the average American creates as much greenhouse gas as nine Chinese, or more drastically, 18 Indians. If their country starts to sink, they'll probably try to move somewhere else. Can our country hold millions of displaced Bangladeshis? It might have to, unless we step up our efforts to make green changes.

Sharing is good karma

 All things considered, it simply makes good sense to reduce your impact on the planet and go green. It can save you money, make the world more equitable and is the best way to earn excellent karma. So go ahead! Pass on that cheeseburger and go for some locally-grown veggies. You might lose a few pounds in the process.

Submitted by SuperGreenMe on Oct 9, 2008