Friday, 10 April 2009

Ecological debt: no way back from bankrupt


EarthThis recent BBC article points out that Britain goes into "ecological debt" in about mid-April. This means that Britain’s impact/demands on the planet will have exceeded, in under four months, what the planet can sustainably supply in the whole year.

Another way of looking at the same idea is to realise that if the whole world made the demands of the average Brit on the planetary systems we would need about 3 planet’s worth of resources to supply them. Clearly unsustainable!

Somebody tell Terry le Sueur that sustainability means the average person internationally uses no more in one year than the planet can supply in one year – our States seem woefully (or is that wilfully) ignorant of this concept.

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