Risks of an Increasing Footprint

We have been exceeding the Earth’s ability to support our lifestyle. Habitats are being destroyed; our soils and waterways are being degraded.

Although advances in technology have helped people to produce things more efficiently, the benefits have been over-shadowed by ever-growing levels of consumption. Most of this is by affluent Western economies and the emerging middle classes of the developing world.

If we continue these consumption patterns, we will face an ecological overshoot that will have far-reaching future consequences for people and nature. The balance must be restored.