The Page That Counts :: Spring 1997

Percentage growth in sales of the world's 500 largest multi-national corporations
in the last 20 years: 700%
Percentage growth in employment numbers in same period of time: 0% 1
Miles the average sixth-grader doodles during the school year: 1.3 miles 2
Percentage of people in the developing world in 1975-1980 who had access to clean water: 40%
Percentage who had access to clean water in 1990-1995: 68% 3
Number of low-flow toilets installed in Los Angeles since 1988: over 600,000
Number of acre-feet of water saved annually: 25,000
Amount saved in annual water costs: $15 million 4
Amount spent each year on electricity to operate all the exit signs in buildings in the US: $1 billion 5
Approximate number of square miles of grass lawns in the US, more than any other crop: 50,000
Annual amount spent by Americans to ensure grass does not do what it would do if left untended: $30 billion 6
Ratio of non-junk to junk in the typical American household: roughly 1:10 7
Number of people living in vulnerable areas if global warming produces
 a 50-centimeter rise in sea level: 92 million
Number of people living in vulnerable areas if global warming
produces a one-meter rise in sea level: 118 million 8
Pounds of yak hair used since 1982 in the Broadway
production of Cats: 2,488 lbs 9
Percentage of Harvard's senior arts and sciences
faculty who are women: 11.5%
Percentage of all tenured arts and sciences faculty
in America who are women: 24.5% 10
Average number of bacteria in a pound of US mud: 455 billion 11
Number of LETS schemes in the UK: 400
Number of credit unions in the UK: 500
Number of recycling schemes in the UK: 500
Number of people in the UK participating in Global Action Plan
to reduce energy use and household consumption: 10,000 12

(1)  William Greider, One World, Ready or Not, Simon & Schuster, cited in Success Digest, March 1997.   (2)  BIC Corporation (Milford, Conn.), cited in Harper's Magazine, January 1997.   (3)  UNDP's Human Development Report, 1996, cited in The New Internationalist, January/February 1997.   (4)  National Wildlife Magazine, cited in Water: New and Used, Fall 1996.   (5)  Environmental Protection Agency, cited in Harper's Magazine, January 1997.   (6)  New Yorker magazine, cited in The Land Stewardship Letter, September 1996.   (7)  Ronald E. Kotzch, from East West, now known as Natural Health, cited in the Utne Reader Almanac: 123 Ideas Innovations & Insights That Can Change Your Life, Your Community & Maybe the World, edited by Jay Walljasper.   (8)  Michael Renner, Fighting for Survival: Environmental Decline, Social Conflict, and the New Age of Insecurity (New York: Norton, 1996) cited in World Watch, January/February 1997.   (9)  Viator Associates (N.Y.C.), cited in Harper's Magazine, April 1996.   (10)  New York Times, cited in The Progressive Review On-line, #49 February, 1997.   (11)  W.T. Frankenberger, Jr., University of California (Riverside) cited in Harper's Magazine, April 1996.   (12)  New Economics Foundation, Community Works, cited in New Economics Magazine, #41, Spring 1997.

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