All over the planet, but mostly third world countries
like Nigeria and Colombia, indigenous tribes are being
bombed, raped, killed, and shot in the name of the
greater good (Gedicks p. 34). This is because businesses
like to obtain resources in a cheep way so they can make
huge profits, and what better places to extract
resources cheaply but in a poor, powerless place with no
environmental regulations involving pollution. Over
consumption is the use of natural resources to make,
burn or manufacture goods for industrialized nations
products, cars and material possessions in unsustainable
and degrading ways. Although the Unites States
population is only 5% of the world’s total population,
we consume over 25% of the world’s resources (Muller p.
157). We also consume 20 billion drums of oil a day
(Ryan p.34). We consume more resources than countries
whose populations are over a billion. Why is that?
In our country the media and society pressures people
to buy products that we don’t need by tricking us to
think that we do. This is done in television
commercials, ads, movies, billboards, society and
everywhere you look. We live in a capitalist society in
which businesses need to make money, or our society will
Global consumption is synonymous with death,
pollution, rape, genocide and environmental degradation.
For example, the Unites States gets oil from Colombia
where a group of people called the Uwa are being killed
and their land is being destroyed because they have no
political power. They have been thrown into a vicious
cycle in which they cannot avoid. The United States over
consumes its oil supplies, so they need to find more in
Columbia. Exxon Oil then has to cut down more rainforest
and kill more people that protest. The Protesters rally
and act in defense, so the Columbian and American
governments supply Exxon with soldiers and arms to
protect and kill people who get in their way (Gedicks p.
1). The added oil extraction destroys even more land and
kills more indigenous people and no body can help. When
America needs more oil again, the process continues.
This same cycle is present in Libya for diamonds,
Nigeria for oil, and Northern Wisconsin for metal, and
Nevada for nuclear waste disposal. All these examples
are direct effects of over consumption.