Tons of resources extracted from Earth
Globally, this year
Our current global population is 7.2 billion and growing. (1) Earth’s total resources are only good for 2 billion people at the current demand. Let’s do the math, and it is obvious that the result is a negative.
The way we’re living, we are already using 2 to 3 times more of the Earth’s natural resources than what is sustainable. If we do not act now, we will see the consequences of depletion of natural resources – and it’s not going to be pretty. A desolate, dry Earth is not a fun place to live.
What are the top 3 natural resources being depleted and what are the consequences?
What will we drink without water?
Causes: Increased irrigation, increased use in agriculture, roads and infrastructure prevent water seepage in the soil, rising temperatures
Consequences: Drinking water shortage. Food Shortage. Famine.
Nothing can be moved, manufactured, transported, built, planted, mined or harvested without the liquid fuels that we get from petroleum.
Causes: Industrial boom. Increased population. Wastage.
Consequences: Less Transportation. Smaller economies. Higher prices. Possibly help push the transition to green energy with reduced CO2 emissions and pollution!
Imagine a world without trees.
Causes: Urbanization, Illegal logging, Agriculture, Subsistence Farming.
Consequences: Soil erosion, Global Warming caused by the rise of greenhouse gases- Extinction of species and loss of biodiversity. Flooding and drought.
It may seem like there is nothing you can do as an individual to stop the factors that are depleting our natural resources. But you can do something. If every person contributed to the conservation of our natural resources and reducing their CO2 emissions footprint, we can make a difference.
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