Care for the Poor by Caring for the Earth

It’s Earth Day, so the message that we can care for the poor BY caring for the Earth is particularly relevant today.

Here’s some of what we’re doing at Compassion to care for the poor Earth and the dirt poor.

And here’s how we in the U.S. are caring.

  • Americans constitute 5% of the world’s population but consume 24% of the world’s energy.
  • Americans eat 815 billion calories of food each day — that’s roughly 200 billion more than needed — enough to feed 80 million people.
  • Americans throw out 200,000 tons of edible food daily.
  • The average individual daily consumption of water is 159 gallons, while more than half the world’s population lives on 25 gallons.

Stats from — They’re meant for perspective only. Emotion is optional.

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  1. Jason Stickler April 27, 2008

    Here a list of the 23 billion 304 million us selfish all consuming americans donated last year.

  2. Jason Stickler April 27, 2008

    You people are crazy, hate America first; I am able to sponsor three children because I live here in America. You think God didn’t plan ahead for America consuming the amount of water it does? I thought this was a good organization, but now it sounds like a bunch of hippies. Jesus will return before God’s resources will run out. God is sovereign and knew us horrible Americans who created this compassion program would consume lots of water. Do you think he is distressed over this? Do think God didn’t plan ahead for this? Americans are the most generous people on planet earth. Fact not for you emotions. The most generous period! Yes we need to be good stewards, but if my business uses more water and I generate more money because of this and am able to sponsor a forth child because I am using the water good provided and God knew and made provision for this water before I was born. Am I a bad person like you want me to feel for using it? Listen folks, Jesus is returning in the not to distance future, use all the water you want, but use it to make money to sponsor more children. Love Jason

  3. David Dahlin April 22, 2008

    I read a great comment from the Dalai Lama the other day about how we cannot encourage the entire world to adopt American standards of living. It simply is not sustainable. Of course, we all know that is true but we don’t always think about it in how we encourage the growth and development of young people around the world. Maybe those of us in the rich West need to take some lessons from others on how to build lives rich in relationships and less focused on material stuff.

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