Now that the world population has reached the 8 Billion mark, there has to be a urgent shift in the collective mindset on matters concerning the global climate and water challenges. As of November 15, the world’s population has exceeded 8 billion people — a growth of another billion in just over a decade.
Humanity is using nature 1.8 times faster than our planet’s biocapacity can regenerate. That’s equivalent to using the resources of 1.8 Earths. Do you know that it will take 2.4 earths for South Africa to continue consuming resources as it does?
Adapting to rapid changes
With population growth inevitable — the UN has projected a global population rise of 9.7 billion by 2050, and as high as 11 billion by 2100 — sustainability experts have said we need to look elsewhere for solutions to the climate crisis.
The world’s eight billion people consume different amounts of the planet’s resources. Compare the lifestyle of a rural individual with that of a wealthy city-dweller in a developed area, shows how different. More land is required to grow the earth`s inhabitants’ food, more materials are used to build the homes and offices, more power is consumed for transport, manufacturing and health facilities.
“Ecological footprinting” is process where researchers look at how much land, sea and other natural resources are used to produce what people consume – how many tomatoes they consume, how much meat they eat, the leather that goes into the shoes and clothes they wear, you get the picture.
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