The countdown/up clocks on our home page are a powerful way to see that the issues impacting this planet are impacting this planet and us right now. These issues sometimes seem like a play going on somewhere else, out of our sight and our lives. Unless if you are poor. Poorer countries inevitably see the impacts of our actions first. As we rely on a healthy planet for our existence, anything that undermines a healthy planet undermines ourselves. The website below is an excellent resource, you can follow the arrows for further information and references for the numbers created. Hope you can take a look. The World Counts Information Resource and References
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The past 50 years has seen a massive jump in the expectations of people in the minority world about what we need to live. 20% of the world’s population (us) consumes 80% of the world’s resources. Resources essentially to process, make and then store our stuff. The generations before were thrifty with the things they had, and goods were built to last. We now live in a throw away society, where it is cheaper to buy a new printer than to replace ink cartridges. We have overshot the carrying capacity of this planet; yet more and more people aspire to the lifestyles of consumption. The earth can not sustain 7.2 billion people living as we do. Simplify Simplify Simplify.. ‘we’ need to learn to share, as we teach our children to.
Biodiversity is the Diversity of the Biosphere. The thin rim of life that exists on the very outer edge of the planet. Biodiversity ensures strength and resilience against disease and natural disasters. Diversity is like a tapestry; one thread only needs to be pulled and the tapestry unravels. Humans have systematically destroyed habitats across the planet, causing species extinction. We are not just touching the web of life, we are tearing great holes in it.