Well, damn! Call this majorly depressing!
According to the WWF (no not the wrestling brand, but the World Wildlife Federation), if we continue the trend of carbon pollution and over-using the Earth's natural resources, we will need a second planet to meet our needs by 2030.
Say what!? I'm not ready to move to Mars!
In 2007, Earth's 6.8 billion humans were living 50 percent beyond the planet's threshold of sustainability - and it's only gotten worse!
In a report by the UN biodiversity conference, it warns that Even with modest UN projections for population growth, consumption and climate change, by 2030 humanity will need the capacity of two Earths to absorb CO2 waste and keep up with natural resource consumption.
You think this is depressing!? It gets even worse!
If everyone used resources at the same rate per capita as the United States or the United Arab Emirates, four and a half planets would be needed, it said, highlighting the gap in "ecological footprint" between rich and poor.
We're not exactly setting the standard to green living - even though it seems like we would be!
Biologists say many species, especially mammals, birds and amphibians, are in headlong decline, their numbers ravaged by habitat loss, hunting or the likely impact of climate change - with biodiversity dropping 30% in the last 30 years!
If this isn't a slap to the face of the world, we don't know what is!
We HAVE to change this! Otherwise, we're out of the only planet we've got!
Reduce, re-use, and recycle! It's only three simple R's. We've got to save out planet! We have to stop destroying it and start reversing what we've done to it!
[Image via AP Images.]
Tags: biologist, pollution, species, sustainability