The Earth is full
By Paul Gilding, Special to CNN
updated 9:39 AM EDT, Sun April 8, 2012
[lest we forget or this archive article is not accesible or lost forever in space]
Editor’s note: Paul Gilding, author of “The Great Disruption,” is an advocate and adviser to nongovernmental organizations and businesses and the former chief executive of Greenpeace. He spoke at the TED2012 conference in February. TED is a nonprofit dedicated to “Ideas worth spreading” which it makes available through talks posted on its website.
(CNN) — For 50 years the environmental movement has unsuccessfully argued that we should save the planet for moral reasons, that there were more important things than money. Ironically, it now seems it will be money — through the economic impact of climate change and resource constraint — that will motivate the sweeping changes necessary to avert catastrophe.
The reason is we have now reached a moment where four words — the earth is full — will define our times. This is not a philosophical statement; this is just science based in physics, chemistry and biology. There are many science-based analyses of this, but they all draw the same conclusion — that we’re living beyond our means.
The eminent scientists of the Global Footprint Network, for example, calculate that we need about 1.5 Earths to sustain this economy. In other words, to keep operating at our current level, we need 50% more Earth than we’ve got.
Living Well in a World of 7 Billion
10/31/2011 12:25 AM
Humanity has reached a new milestone as we hit 7 billion. Never before have there been 7 billion people on planet earth, all at the same time. As we welcome the 7th billion global inhabitant, we also acknowledge the challenges we will face due to a burgeoning population explosion, resource depletion, food and water scarcity and overcrowded cities. This is especially true at a time when humanity as a whole is already using the planets regenerative capacity 50 percent faster than it can renew.
Although humanity’s total demand is unsustainable, this consumption is very unevenly distributed among the 7 billion people. A large portion of humanity does not have enough resources to secure even their most basic subsistence needs. This suffering is intolerable. It affects the rest of humanity, too, most visibly through conflict and instability.
Therefore, Global Footprint Network is mapping how much nature we have, how much we use, and who uses what. In a crowded, resource constrained world this information helps decision makers understand our present resource situation and find options for avoiding unpleasant consequences.
…do not ask any “jerk” of government, “monsanto”, brazil jungles-soyas, or crude oil “jerks, or worse “green-fuel”, jet and airplane flight…!, if they realize the problem of the planet’s sustainability limits, before “barbarianism” really becomes way more un-controlable…!
…one form of “barbarianism”, is that money is more important than humans, or USA medical health plan, or for that matter, the “rich” and the big corporations, are in command !
Global footprint and 7,000,000,000 [7billion] “humans”…! [dedicated to all that thought pure logic did not have better logic than Dawkins or Deacon and Evolutionists-Christians-Religions]