Some of you will notice that I added a “Resources” page to the blog, partly in response to the gentle accusation that I offer lots of questions but not very many answers.
The first one is called Better World Shopper, which is “a site dedicated to providing people with a comprehensive, up-to-date, reliable account of the social and environmental responsibility of every company on the planet AND making it available in practical forms that individuals can use in their everyday lives.” Sure, it’s a lofty goal, but I appreciate what they’re trying to do. Click on “the rankings” and then “product rankings.” If you look around on the site, you’ll notice that each of the five criteria used to determine the rankings (human rights, environment, animal protection, community involvement, and social justice) is weighted equally. This might not thrill some of you, I realize, but it’s still a good starting point.
The other site I’ve listed is Worldometers, which claims to be “world statistics updated in real time.” “Real time” should be in additional quotation marks because, of course, the stats are based on calculations that have been broken down into averages, but it’s quite startling and worth a gander regardless of the veracity of “real time” in its subtitle. Included here are population stats (births, deaths, etc.), as well as environmental and economic consumption patterns, food and health statistics, media usage patterns, access to water and other natural resources, and government spending.
Hope these are helpful. I’ll try to add more resources in coming months. Try. We’ll see.