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Our Planet in Ecological Debt

Posted by Diego Fonstad
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Teachable Moment: This map really drives home the point that our consumption exceeds our capacity.

Today humanity uses the equivalent of 1.51 planets to provide the resources we use and absorb our waste. This means it now takes the Earth one year and five months to regenerate what we use in a year (Global Footprint Network 2010).

What is Biocapacity?

Biocapacity is shorthand for biological capacity, which is the ability of an ecosystem to produce useful biological materials and to absorb wastes generated by humans.

What is the Ecological Footprint?

The Ecological Footprint is a resource accounting tool used to answer a specific resource question: How much of the biological capacity of the planet is required by a given human activity or population?

This following map compares each country's total consumption Footprint with the biocapacity available within its own borders.

via chartsbin.com

World Biocapacity and Footprint

References: http://chartsbin.com/project/our_planet_in_ecological_debt.html">http://chartsbin.com/project/our_planet_in_ecological_debt.html

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