Problems

This page is under development. Check back in the next couple of weeks for loads more about the many issues that this blog addresses. But here’s an introduction of sorts…

This graph indicates the earth’s capacity, and the growth in demand for resources over the last forty years. As you can see, we currently need our planet to be larger by about a quarter to sustain our current lifestyle. (Some resources replenish themselves every year, which is why it’s possible to ‘overshoot’ the limits of the earth in the graph.)

In other words, the earth cannot afford our lifestyle. We’re using it up.

Secondly, the earth’s resources are unevenly distributed. If the earth’s resources were divided into equal portions, the average Briton uses three times their share. We have 1% of the world’s population and use 3% of its resources. Sustainability is an environmental issue, but it’s also a matter of justice and equal rights.

“Put simply, the earth cannot afford our lifestyle. No, the answer is clear: we must cut back our standard of living if there is ever to be anything approaching a just distribution of the world’s resources.” – Richard Foster

10 Comments on “Problems”

  1. j April 29, 2007 at 2:24 pm #

    fuck

  2. Zoky April 29, 2007 at 4:31 pm #

    Sorry J. The problem will not go away, even if we swear at it.

  3. emma December 6, 2007 at 7:39 pm #

    cant we plant bio plant tree thingys in the desert,it can be done.so cant people even consider that, then cut down the rainforest, which we acually need!

    • Gav September 3, 2009 at 10:39 am #

      We actually need!?
      What about the millions of creatures that live there and the indigenious people.
      What we need is less people there are too many greedy self absorbed westerners in the world consuming the planet and i suspect you are one of them.

  4. gabbyezmart January 9, 2008 at 10:49 pm #

    Its true J. Bring back the nature…!! Go for it J.. God be with you..

  5. shasta June 28, 2009 at 11:34 am #

    this website is just communism in disguise

  6. sandrar September 10, 2009 at 10:16 pm #

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

  7. Paul October 25, 2009 at 1:54 pm #

    Excellent clear description of the current situation (and note the situation has been this way for quite a while now).

    Well done.

  8. Valencia September 26, 2011 at 1:39 am #

    We actually need!?
    What about the millions of creatures that live there and the indigenious people.
    What we need is less people there are too many greedy self absorbed westerners in the world consuming the planet and i suspect you are one of them.

    +1

  9. Ziggy April 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Hey, where are you getting a measure of demand in units of ‘Earths’? chart doesn’t mean anything without a definition and source for this.

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