Earth’s Resources Are Spent Two Times Quicker than Are Restored
Humanity increasingly devours earth’s resources without a second thought that its consumption and economy model will eventually cause a disastrous crisis that will affect all living creatures on our planet.
All human life spheres from work and housekeeping to nutrition and entertainment require enormous amounts of nature’s irreplaceable resources. Earth’s resources are limited and considering population growth, humanity needs to reevaluate its values and demands.
The modern mass economy is aimed at the production of cheap and demandable products, not caring about the environmental impact of such products and the consequences of such activity. The modern economy is aimed at profits and causes total negligence towards the environment and the planet itself.
The Value of Increasingly Devouring Earth Resources
It means that one day these resources would end leaving the increased population with no livelihood available. It’s vitally important to care about our planet because we don’t have another one to use.
We have only those resources that surround us such as water, land, trees, and others. And now a bigger part of them is spent and further population growth, increased demand for animal products and growing market share threaten to leave humanity and all living creatures without bread and butter.
The food industry consumes vast amounts of water and timber, destroying rain-forests and other ecosystems. Transport usage emits CO2 and greenhouse gases which harm the atmosphere. The food industry had devastated the oceans for ninety percent while animal farms polluted the environment.
Earth has some spare and unused resources but their quantity is strictly limited and there’s no way our planet will be able to support us for a long time. According to a recent study conducted by a Global Footprint Network, humanity spent an annual limit of natural resources for a record two hundred and twelve days.
Annual Limit of Earth’s Resources
Global Network Footprint Company analyzes the Earth’s biocapacity and humanity’s demands for it. Such a study develops a model of the annual limit of Earth’s resources which could be spent with no serious harm to the planet’s most important parts such as land, soil, forests, and freshwater. Humanity spent such an amount of resources in two hundred and twelve days and this rate continues to grow. Earth can produce only a limited amount of resources each year and when humanity consumes more resources than Mother Earth produces, the Earth Overshoot Day is being established annually.
Earth Overshoot Day was established on the 1st of August. Only a few decades ago the Earth Overshoot Day was being established in October and September. That means that humanity’s demand for natural resources devastates our planet with increased speed.
Now, humanity needs one and seven-tenths of the Earth to meet its needs with no irreversible harm to the planet. The thing is that we don’t have another planet and perhaps we never will because fossil fuel may run out before humanity will start to realize the fatal consequences of its destructive activity.
Priceless Earth’s resources are spent just to produce unnecessary and spare food and low-quality mass goods. People consume and throw away products with the speed of lightning not thinking about the sources of the used products.
The Global Transition to Veganism
There’s something that humanity can do to turn the situation for the better. For example, the global transition to veganism will move the exceedance date for ten days back. Global reduction of CO2 emissions by half will give us three spare months and increased efficiency of building, production, and construction works will move this date for three weeks in total.
Many people don’t even know what resource consumption is. They take store-bought goods and products for granted as well as don’t take ecosystem damaging and ecosystem recovery seriously.
Existing overconsumption is being paid at the expense of our future. And perhaps now is the right time to ask how ecosystems can recover from disruption considering the environmental state and destructive anthropogenic factors.
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