Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ecological bankruptcy

According to “Global Footprint Network,” Earth Overshoot Day marks the day in which we exhaust our planet ecological budget for the year. Once we pass Earth Overshoot Day, humanity will used up all the ecological services nature can provide for the year. This will happen on August 21. Last year it was on September 23 and to return to the day we were still "balanced," we'd need to go back to the late 80's! Today, humanity uses the equivalent of 1.4 planets to provide the resources we use and absorb our waste.
This means it now takes the Earth one year and five months to regenerate what we use in twelve month. Moderate UN scenarios suggest that if current population and consumption trends continue, by the middle of the next decade we will need the equivalent of two Earths to support us. And of course, we only have one. To reverse that trend there is only one practical solution and it's to take steps for reducing world's population. Most people still think it's a terrible idea. When are they going to change their paradigm?


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