The throwaway economy is on a collision course with the Earth's geological limits.
What China is teaching us is that the Western economic model--the fossil fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway economy--is not going to work in Asia, or anywhere else where poor populations are striving for the American Dream.
In one study referenced by the National Network for Youth, 51% of runaway and throwaway youth reported physical abuse.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention found that 71% of runaway and throwaway youth are "endangered," meaning they are more likely to have put themselves in dangerous situations, such as being substance dependent and hanging out in areas where criminal activity occurs.
What it comes down to is this: if that runaway or throwaway kid you see on the corner has a sullen look on his or her face, he or she probably earned it the hard way.
Runaway and throwaway young people sometimes turn to illegal and dangerous activities to survive.