According to National Geographic, “Americans are the least likely to suffer from ‘green guilt’ about their environmental impact, despite trailing the world in sustainable behavior.”
The National Geographic survey, which shows that Americans are the least likely to suffer from “green guilt,” complements the nation’s large populous of supporters on the use of fossil fuels. The United States and ten other nations subsidize fossil fuels.
Ironically, the Greendex, a survey that tracks consumers’ choices and their relation to the environment, reveals that “Americans are the most confident that their individual actions can help the environment,” yet the United States ranks lowest out of the 17 nations surveyed in actually being “green.”
The United States is still primarily dependent on private transportation. 56% of Americans drive alone in a car or a truck compared to 7% of Americans that actually use public transportation to get around. The heaviest usage of public transportation in the United States can be found in the Northeastern region of the nation in the “BosWash” area; it stretches from the Boston metropolitan area down through New York City to Washington, D.C. The entire region is connected by the only high-speed rail in the nation, Acela; it is also the most densely populated “megalopolis” in the country.
Americans do beat many other nations with one green feat: recycling. 69% of Americans say they recycle; only Canada, Britain, Germany, and Australia surpass the United States in recycling.
Consumers can utilize the Greendex Calculator to determine how “green” they are.