Running the Numbers

While I was in preparation for Green Steps training this year, I came across some work by the American photographer/artist Chris Jordan. His series, ‘Running the Numbers’ (parts 1 and 2) attempts to turn statistics into visual representations to enable us to better get our head around the scale of consumption in our society. There are some very cool concepts and photos in there, along with plenty of food for thought.

Depicts 320,000 light bulbs, equal to the number of kilowatt hours of electricity wasted in the United States every minute from inefficient residential electricity usage (inefficient wiring, computers in sleep mode, etc.). (click through for the full gallery and zooms of this image)

"Depicts 320,000 light bulbs, equal to the number of kilowatt hours of electricity wasted in the United States every minute from inefficient residential electricity usage (inefficient wiring, computers in sleep mode, etc.)." (click through for the full gallery and zooms of this image)

Our lifestyle is integrated into a system which consumes a vast amount of resources – I’ve found it hard to get my head around, but the more I think about it, the more determined I become to reduce my impact on the environment (as well as the billions of people in developing countries who suffer the more severe impacts related to the way I live), and encourage others to think about the issue in the same way. If we can get into the habit of thinking about the consequences of what we do – beyond those we directly see – we can make sure we’re still enjoying a similar quality of life in 2050 or beyond.

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