Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Humans are living at a pace that is beyond the planet's means

Yesterday I read this article in Yahoo news referring to this World Wildlife Fund report that humans are using up the resources on the planet in an unprecedented rate over the last 20 years. The United Arab Emirates are using up resources at a faster rate per capita than the United States and Canada are. Australia is also high up on this list.

I think this quote is the most important from a moral position on how we as a global community are using these resources:

"The choices we make today will shape the possibilities for the generations which follow us. The fact that live we live beyond our means in our use of natural resources will surely limit opportunities for future generations that follow."

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TerraPraeta said...


We are currently using something like 40% of our planetary daily solar (energy) intake. If we hit 50%, we're gonna be in some deep doodoo.


Joe Erjavec said...

I haven't heard that before. How do they calculate that?

TerraPraeta said...

Ya know... I'm not sure.

I'll have to look into that and get back to you!


TerraPraeta said...

Hi Joe,

Ok, I finally went looking: here is a link to an exteded discussion on human use of photsynthetic capacity:

In a nutshell, they broke down food consumption, land use patterns, permenant ans semi-permanent habitat destruction anually etc etc and then compared that to annual photosynthetic capacity.

For what its worth :-)