Image: Greendex map
Tomorrow is World Environment Day, as good a day as any for the release of the National Geographic Society’s Greendex 2010. The Greendex ranks the consumption habits of people in 17 countries.  For the third straight year, US consumers have defended their title as the most wasteful consumers on the planet.  Canada came in second with France, England and Japan not far behind.

The researchers noted that the two factors that pushed the United States to the top were home energy usage and driving.  Lots of big vehicles driving to big, overheated/frigid homes.  I think you know where I’m headed with this blog post…Residential energy use accounts for 20% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, second only to transportation which accounts for 32%.  (Agriculture is the third big culprit, due to the enormous releases of methane and nitrous oxide). Home energy use, transportation and agriculture are where we need to be focusing our efforts.

We at Sungevity can’t help you drive less, and we can’t stop cows in feedlots from pooping and belching, but we can certainly help you get control of your electricity.  When it comes to squandering fossil fuels, let’s give another nation a chance to become Numero Uno.

–Erica Etelson

Posted by Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy co-founded Sungevity and now serves as strategic advisor. He is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. He is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy - and Planet - from Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next greatest generation.