Today is the United Nations’ ‘World Environment Day‘ 2015 project:
the WED theme this year is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. And yet, evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide.
Every June 5 environmental activists and organisations get together to promote their shared goals of better environmental management, with the view to limiting the damaging effects of climate change, reducing the pressure on diminishing natural resources, and encouraging the transition to a more sustainable lifestyle.
Big business could generally do with paying close attention to World Environment Day, but the UN’s programme aims to encourage individuals to think about and make changes to the way we eat, shop, consume and travel.
By 2050, it is expected that the human population of the earth will reach a staggering 9.6 billion and, if we continue to consume and produce in the way we have been, we will need three planets to sustain such a population.
According to the WED website,
less than 3% of the world’s water is fresh (drinkable), of which 2.5% is frozen in the Antarctica, Arctic and glaciers. Humanity must therefore rely on 0.5% for all of man’s ecosystem’s and fresh water needs.
If that statistic isn’t shocking, try this one:
1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year while almost 1 billion people go undernourished and another 1 billion hungry.
It is self-evident that the earth has a finite supply of resources, which together we are exploiting at a rate far faster than nature can recycle.
You can find out more about WED’s aims here.