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