Yesterday, the world was shocked by biodiversity sitätsrat in his report to the global extinction of species: About one Million of the estimated eight million species of animals and plants that exist in the world, are threatened with extinction. Blame the person who overfished the seas, and due to agriculture and urban development more and more land claimed by the other living beings then is missing.
Switzerland Also contributes to the global extinction of species. Because it consumes considerably more natural resources than you is in the context of a sustainable use of nature. Already on 7. In may, after four months, the Swiss are more of the nature, than you for 2019 would actually be entitled to. This has been calculated by the research organization Global Footprint Network.
as of today, Tuesday, we are living at the expense of others – especially future generations.
"Overshoot Day" means the day on which so much of nature has been claimed, such as these within a year you can renew. From now on, we live in the Rest of the year so to Pump, and at the expense of others – especially future generations. Switzerland exceeds the average for the world population to three months. From a Global perspective, "Erdüberlastungstag is" the 1. August.
The world's population, emits more CO2 into the atmosphere than oceans and forests can absorb, fishing faster than the fish stocks can recover, and more trees than grow back. Currently running it as you would a 1.7 earth. If all the people of the world would live like the inhabitants of Switzerland, you would need almost 3 planets.
The Swiss also leave a large environmental footprint: According to the environmental organization WWF, they fly an average of three times as much as EU citizens travel across Europe, the heaviest cars and are one of the largest waste producers in the world.
so, We live well above our means. Currently, Switzerland is four and a half times necessary to meet our consumption. This is significantly more than in other countries, such as Spain or Germany.
In the last fifty years has shifted to the "Earth Overshoot Day" continuously forward. In 1970, the red line was crossed, when mankind had depleted the natural resources available for the first time before the end of the year completely. In 1980, the was in November, 1990, in the October of 2000, in September. In 2018, the "Erdüberlastungstag fell" on the 1. August – as early as never before. to determine
the day, not look at the Global Footprint Network, only the consumption about timber, animals, and soil. Also the CO2 emissions is included in the calculation. The larger the ecological footprint of a country, the earlier in the year, the "Overshoot Day comes there". According to the latest Numbers from the year 2016, the Switzerland in terms of footprint is on rank 34 of all of the 194 States of the world, so pretty far forward.
Who wants to determine their personal ecological footprint, you can do this with the "Footprint calculator" of the WWF. It shows still the same individualized tips for a greener life style.
Created: 07.05.2019, 16:00 clock