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    * Indians, Brazilians consumers top greenest citizens survey; US scores least

    Survey finds Indian and Brazilian customers the most environmentally friendly, US citizens to be the most wasteful.

    Washington,(ANI): Indian and Brazilian customers have the most environmentally friendly lifestyles, according to a new global survey.

    American customers scored lowest in the survey from the National Geographic Society, and the international polling firm GlobeScan, which was aimed at examining the impact of individual consumer behaviour.

    "The Greendex gives us an unprecedented, meaningful look at how consumers across the globe are behaving," National Geographic quoted Terry Garcia, its executive vice president of mission programs, as saying.

    "We hope people will be inspired to look at how their own behavior is affecting the environment and take steps to minimize their environmental footprint," Terry added.

    The findings are based on Internet surveys of consumers in 14 countries, which together represent more than half of the world's population and use about 75 percent of its energy.

    The behaviours of individuals were compared in four key areas: housing, transportation, food, and consumer goods.

    Indian and Brazilian consumers scored 60 each on the sustainable-consumption scale, followed by China (56.1).

    Customers in the US were found to be the most wasteful with a score of 44.9 on the sustainable-consumption scale.

    Mexico, Hungary, Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Australia, Spain, Japan, France, and Canada were the other countries involved in the study.

    The researchers also conducted face-to-face studies in Egypt and Nigeria, but the two countries were not scored because of their differing methodology.

    While Indians were found to have the greenest food habits on account of less meat consumption and high consumption of fruits and vegetables, Brazilian topped in the category of housing because they typically have smaller homes, rarely use air conditioning or heating, and rely heavily on on-demand, tankless water-heating systems.

    Chinese, who heavily rely on bicycles or walking, scored highest on transportation behaviours.

    Nick Nuttall, a spokesperson for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), welcomed the index results.

    "It is certainly illuminating and perhaps overturns the common perception that it is only consumers in the rich countries who are environmentally aware and eco-active on the High Street and in their purchasing habits," he said.

    He hopes that the survey can help spur governments to develop in less wasteful and more environmentally conscious ways.

    "Thus there is an urgent need to ensure that this economic growth does not echo the 20th century growth of North America, Europe, and Japan and that developing economies are given the technologies and the creative financing needed to avoid the mistakes of the past," he said. (ANI)
    On the Net: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/greendex

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    While Indians were found to have the greenest food habits on account of less meat consumption and high consumption of fruits and vegetables, Brazilian topped in the category of housing because they typically have smaller homes, rarely use air conditioning or heating, and rely heavily on on-demand, tankless water-heating systems.
    Not all of us are fortunate enough to live somewhere where the daily average temperature ranges from 68F-80F (20C-26C). If it rarely got cooler than 68F or warmer than 80F, I wouldn't need heating or cooling either.
    http://www.worldtravelguide.net/coun...ca/Brazil.html
    "Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them." - Thomas Paine

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    Bangalore* known as the garden city of India is now a concrete jungle with rapid growth of industries, commercial buildings and houses. The average temperature should have shot up much more but got saved because of an afforestation program initiated in the 1980s.

    Trees were planted on all roadsides and even in government and military grounds in the city. The city and the entire district was known for the innumerable lakes and was also the origin of a few rivers which have vanished. With the help from international funding a few lakes were revived and several lakes were taken over by the forest department thus preventing dumping of industrial pollutants and sewage.

    Another interesting story from this city is about a childless poor woman who planted 300 hundred trees and cared for them like they were her children. More of it here : http://www.goodnewsindia.com/Pages/c...thimmakka.html

    If we care enough we can definitely reduce the damage to the environment by humans.


    * I lived in this city when I was young so I have witnessed what it was like in the past and how much impact humans can have on the environment.
    Last edited by RajanUrs; 05-24-2008 at 12:57 AM.

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