Why Experts Agree: Man’s Last Days On Earth, Part 4

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 17:28 PM
July 19, 2012

    One of the reasons the economies of the United States and other nations are a beyond dangerous shape to drive civilization into extinction is because of horrifically high levels of human consumption.  People are simply using more of nature’s resources than she can replenish.

Forests’ sizes decline, rivers levels flow depleted, ocean animals starve from lack of sea food,  and plants and animals tumble into extinction.  But populations and leaders of wealthy nations seem to care less.

In commenting on this year’s World Wildlife Federation International annual review, ‘Living Planet Report,’ Jim Leape, Director General of WWF says:  “The report is clear that we’re still going downhill, that our ecological footprint, the pressure we put on the earth’s resources, continues to rise so we’re now using 50% more resources that the earth can replenish and biodiversity continues to decline.”

And, of course, richer high-income countries are consuming much more of the planet than poorer nations.  The Report shows that the gap resource usages between rich and poor countries has greatly increased since 1970.  As richer countries now exploit resources from poorer countries, the index for poor country usage is down some 60%.

Reviewing the Living Planet Report for CNN, Hilary Whiteman writes:  “Countries are ranked on their consumption of  renewable resources versus their bio-capacity, or ability to produce renewable resources and absorb CO2 emissions. Dominating the list are high-income countries, whose average ecological footprint is now five times that of low-income nations.”

Leape adds:  “What one of the things that we as a global community have been slow to realize is that even in an industrialized economy will still demand very directly on the health of natural systems to provide the water we drink and to keep the climate stable.”

The world’s 10 top polluting countries are Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Belgium, United States, Australia, Canada, Netherlands and Ireland.  These first world nations have suffered a 30% drop in biodiversity in the last four decades, while at the same time their ravaging of third world nations has doubled the poor nations’ drop in biodiversity.

Mathis Wackernagel, President of Global Footprint Network, laments:  “Using ever more nature, while having less is a dangerous strategy, yet most countries continue to pursue this path.”

In Bible historical books, the prophet Isaiah condemns such avaricious indulgence:  “Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter (56: 11).”  Looks like its time for repentance!

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