Desperately In Need of New Planets
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 11:10:12 AM
WWF puts Denmark in a depressing fourth place on the list of nation's consumption of natural resources per capita - the so-called ecological footprint.
Topping the list is golf state Qatar, followed by Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. And then comes Denmark, followed by USA. According to WWF's biennial Living Planet Report.
Denmark's high ranking is explained by a high consumption of meat and a high emission of greenhouse gases.
The report also lays down that in high-income countries, the ecological footprint has five times the impact as in low-income nations.
"We live as if we had an extra planet available", says WWF International Director General, Jim Leape, in a statement to news agency AFP.
In 2010 high income countries spend 50 percent more resources than the planet can produce sustainably. If we continue this way we will, in 2030, have reached the point where not even two planets would be enough to maintain our level of consumption.
WWF states that if all World citizens lived The American Way, we would be in need of four additional planets to supply sufficient natural resources.
Biodiversity is also threatened. There has been a decline of 30 percent in biodiversity since 1970. In the worst-affected tropical regions , again mostly low-income countries, WWF notes a drop of 60 percent.
The force of our total ecological footprint impact has doubled since 1966.
So, ladies and gentlemen of NASA: Get your fingers out and find us some new planets to consume and devour, please!