The poverty rate in the United States on November 2012 was calculated as 16% approximately 43.6 million; the rate is calculated by families earning less than $23,050 for a family of 4.
Poverty is seen differently around the world. What we here in the United States see as poverty is seen as luxuries in different countries. Things seen as necessities like cell phones, internet, and running water are seen as luxuries in other third world countries. On the Ecological Footprint Quiz, it calculates the number of Earth it would take for everyone on this plant to live the lifestyle you live sustainably. I took the Footprint Quiz based on my life at home in a family of 4, and it was calculated that in order for everyone on this plant to live like I do there would need to be 4.65 Earths. There are about 7 billion people on this planet most not as “blessed” as we are, however about 20% of the population uses about 80% of this worlds resources.
Americans over consume, since children we have been bombarded by ads and the idea of consumption. Every day we consume some people more than others. In today’s world poverty is a necessity; when some people take so much they leave others with nothing. There are only a certain number of resources on this planet and when consumption is driven by wealth, the poor get scraps. It is sad that people die because they don’t have money for food. Humans prospered because of their ability to stay together and work as a group and caring for each other, and now when $$$$$ was created basic human needs are not being filled, to the point of starvation.
Is consuming and wasting so much while others are dying of starvation wrong? I believe it is wrong, however not seeing their suffering firsthand and difficulty to help we are able to blind ourselves.