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October 27, 2006

Planet Earth: Running On Empty

The Earth's resources are now being utilized at a faster rate than they are being replaced and the rate of over-utilization is increasing rapidly.  The Living Planet Report released yesterday by the WWF and the Global Footprint Network says that humanity will be using twice as much as the planet can supply by 2050.

The diarist at DailyKos, boran2, has a post that points readers to the report (pdf) and details out a bit of what's in the report:

James Leape is director general of WWF International with 4,400 staff and offices in more than 100 countries.

"We have been exceeding the Earth's ability to support our lifestyles for the past 20 years, and we need to stop," he said. "We must balance our consumption with the natural world's capacity to regenerate and absorb our wastes. If we do not, we risk irreversible damage."

The push for a more sustainable lifestyle, starting with diminishing use of fossil fuels, more conservation and use of alternative fuels and sustainable agriculture is aimed at helping us rebalance our lifestyles.  We will be hearing a lot more about the need for this and about how to change our lives accordingly.

Posted by Lynn Allen on October 27, 2006 at 09:44 AM in Policy | Permalink


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