This clip says a lot about why your ecological footprint in the US is different than it is for someone in China. No matter what decisions you make here in the US, you can't help but use a lot of energy and resources. In the US we don't have water heater switches in our bathrooms; in China they do.
When I was 10 years old I visited my older sister in Israel. Before a shower there, you had to turn on a switch to a solar water heater that was on the roof of the building where she lived. That was in 1974. Why don't we have anything like that here in the US?