The earth’s resources are depleted at a rapid pace. The year’s supply got used up in eight months for the current annual figure of 2015.
Human beings are the most wasteful and profligate creatures on the face of the planet. They have used up a year’s supply of valuable resources within the time span of eight months. This is a travesty.
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The population pressure calls for more mouths to feed. And less and less precious resources are there to go around. Mankind is entering ecological scarcity. An environmental debt needs to get paid.
The demands of mankind are too many to even begin to list. The activities humanity participates in include burning of fossil fuels. Carbon emissions are the end result.
Crops are falling prey to droughts and depleting soil fertility. Fisheries are siphoning off life from the oceans. And the rain forest is raped for wood to feed the paper mills. The burden that is placed on the natural systems of planet earth could prove to be too much in the long run.
The 70s was the crucial era when this thing began to go out of control. It has been termed the “overshoot day”. This phenomenon of needs exceeding resources is getting to be a nuisance.
“Humanity’s carbon footprint alone more than doubled since the early 1970s, which is when the world went into ecological overshoot. It remains the fastest growing component of the widening gap between the Ecological Footprint and the planet’s biocapacity,” said Mathis Wackernagel, president of Global Footprint Network and the co-creator of the Ecological Footprint resource accounting metric.
“The global agreement to phase out fossil fuels that is being discussed around the world ahead of the Climate Summit in Paris would significantly help curb the Ecological Footprint’s consistent growth and eventually shrink the Footprint.”
To undo the damage, it will take a lot of work. And soon it might be too late. Especially the population pressure is a constant source of worry. The deficit is not the problem. It is the lag between fulfillment at all costs and the upkeep of the demand and supply.
Things will run out of steam at some stage in the future. Beyond that what wars, plagues, diseases and famines come is anybody’s lucky guess. The economic planners of the world are in a state of panic due to the obvious ramifications.
“We are encouraged by the recent developments on the front line of renewable energy, which have been accelerating worldwide, and by the increasing awareness of the finance industry that a low-carbon economy is the way of the future,” said Wackernagel.
“Going forward, we cannot stress enough the vital importance of reducing the carbon footprint, as nations are slated to commit to in Paris. It is not just good for the world, but increasingly becoming an economic necessity for each nation. We all know that the climate depends on it, but that is not the full story: Sustainability requires that everyone live well, within the means of one planet. This can only be achieved by keeping our Ecological Footprint within our planet’s resource budget.”
By the year 2030, earthlings will be consuming double the current rate. This will be an onus that could prove to be the last feather that breaks the camel’s back. The ecological crisis is entering the red zone. From deforestation to soil erosion and water pollution, everything influences everything else. Global warming too is at an all-time high.
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Finally, the US and China are beginning to see the effects of their polluting ways. They are ready to cooperate to reduce carbon emissions. This may be a good sign but it comes a bit late. But as they say…better late than never.