Maya FrostBrophy
Professor Bouma-Prediger
Religion 100-04
September 11, 2016

Chapter 2: What's wrong with the world?

Ecological degradation is real and prevalent in today's society. There are many different form which are not talked about enough. While going through the reading, it was interesting to read about different types that I had not thought about before. The sections that stuck out to me the most were Population and Energy. While reading through the population section, there were many facts that were quite interesting to learn. One thing I had not known before was how the global population doubled in only 43 years and how its increased by 77 million each year. There was one part that confused me was how when there was talk of developing countries populations growing, Africa, a continent, was mentioned and compared to India and China, two countries. I wonder which country in Africa is growing at the fastest rate and how it compares to India and China individually.
In the energy section, I was not really surprised to learn that the Unites States consumed the most energy. I was surprised to learn that the Unites States used about a quarter of what is available. To learn that the Average American consumes 2.5 times the energy of the average European, and 28 times as much as the average African is embarrassing. We could definitely do a lot more as Americans to lower our energy consumption, yet it does not seem like we are trying to.
One example of ecological degradation I know personally, is all the air pollution from cars. I know this summer I drove all over for work and for vacations, when I could have chosen a better alternative like public transportation, since Boston has an amazing public transportation system, or taking a bike, or even carpooling with my co-workers.