Monday, October 23, 2006

Humanity Living off its credit card


Human Footprint Too Big for Nature

October 24, 2006 - Beijing, China/Gland, Switzerland:

A new report released today by WWF and Global Footprint Network shows that by 2050 humanity will demand twice as much as our planet can supply but that we don't have to follow this path. "How can we live well and live within the means of one planet? This is the main research question of the 21st century," says Dr. Mathis Wackernagel, Executive Director of Global Footprint Network, an international NGO working to make ecological limits central to decision making....

Global Footprint Network, which co-authored the report, calculates that in 2003 humanity's Ecological Footprint was 25 per cent larger than the planet's capacity to produce these resources. This ecological Å’overshoot‚ means that it now takes about one year and three months for the Earth to regenerate what we use in a single year. ....

"Humanity is living off its ecological credit card," said Dr. Wackernagel...

But the report goes on to suggest that meeting this challenge may be possible, using scenarios to show two future paths that, in contrast to business-as-usual, could end overshoot and help restore depleted ecosystems and support a healthy biodiversity....

Read entire article in Global Footprint

2 comments:

Michael said...

It's so comforting to know that here in Canada we will be back to a much smaller footprint by 2050! At the same time, I still keep looking at the Mars Rover site to see if any good canal-side property comes up for sale, just in case Harper screws up and I have to vacate the planet.

squidink said...

hmm, canadians are leading in the pack, in a not particularly progressive way.