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Do we fit on the planet?

September 27, 2011

The world population is the total number of living humans on the planet Earth, currently estimated to be 6.96 billion by the United States Census Bureau as of July 1, 2011.

Today humanity uses the equivalent of 1.5 planets to provide the resources we use and absorb our waste. This means it now takes the Earth one year and six months to regenerate what we use in a year. Moderate UN scenarios suggest that if current population and consumption trends continue, by the 2030s, we will need the equivalent of two Earths to support us. (www.footprintnetwork.org)

The Ecological Footprint has emerged as the world’s premier measure of humanity’s demand on nature. It measures how much land and water area a human population requires to produce the resource it consumes and to absorb its carbon dioxide emissions, using prevailing technology.

Each country has its own ecological risk profile: Many are running ecological deficits, with Footprints larger than their own biological capacity. Others depend heavily on resources from elsewhere, which are under increasing pressure. (Check the trends of your country)

How much land area does it take to support your lifestyle? Calculate your footprint and follow the tips how to reduce it!

There are 23 questions in 4 categories : food, travel, home and stuff.  I thought my lifestyle is not wasteful but the results are thought-provoking…I’m living as if we had almost 3 planets to support us.


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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2011 12:33 am

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  2. May 24, 2012 1:00 pm

    I thought my lifestyle is not wasteful but the results are thought-provoking…I’m living as if we had almost 3 planets to support us.

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