Consumption Map

Here’s an icon of global inequality – a map of consumption, put together by PTHBB. Click the image for more, bigger, and updated.

The map uses colour and distortion to show two different things. The extent to which a country is squeezed or inflated shows the extent to which countries are consuming their fair share, based on population, of the world’s resources. Starved-looking countries consume less than their fair share (most of Africa), whereas stuffed-looking countries consume far more than their share (most of Europe and North America).

The colour of the countries shows the balance between whether a country has, within its borders, a net positive balance of biocapacity (green, like environmentally rich Brazil and Canada) or a net deficit of biocapacity (like the Middle East and, yes, the United States).

With thanks to Retort for sharing.