A Good Life For All Within Planetary Boundaries

Here is an interesting site that reveals the correlation between material quality of life and consumption of resources outside of one's national boundaries. They use interactive charts and maps to illustrate the point. Vietnam is one of the countries that come closest to using resources only from within their country, but even they expand their reach beyond national borders.

While this might be viewed as an argument for globalism, it actually argues the converse. The fundamental ecological equation I=PAT (Impact = Population * Affluence * Technology) applies nationally as well as in the global aggregate.

A Good Life For All Within Planetary Boundaries.

A reasonable conclusion is that all countries have excessive consumption and/or population. 

Population is increasing via fertility in Africa and the Mideast. It is increasing via mass immigration in America and Western Europe. Indeed, U.S. population is being driven to double within the lifetimes of children born today.

Do we really need such a massive increase in the number of American consumers?