Even if the 146 nations that have pledged to reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions keep their pledges, concentrations of carbon in the atmosphere will continue to rise. And climate change (global warming) isn’t our only serious environmental problem. To deal with these problems effectively, we need to reduce consumption. Why? In part, because our demand for cheap goods motivates manufacturers to produce them cheaply, which translates to more greenhouse-gas and other types of pollution.
Check out this article from The Washington Post, by Joby Warrick, entitled: