Slow down, arrest, decrase, our ecological footprint.
If we crammed the world population all in HK-type housing, taking as a sample the different densities of cities such as Paris (densest here) and Houston (least dense here), we would occupy this much land, with HOUSING ALONE.
Again, that’s housing alone.
But obviously people need water, food, materials for shelter and clothes (plus, according to the article I got this from, link below, lots of other really superflous things). If we all lived like Americans…..or worse, like in Dubai, this planet would not be enough. Actually, it already is NOT ENOUGH for that lifestyle.
HOW MANY PLANETS LIKE OURS WE WOULD NEED….
Remember Bush Senior at the Rio conference: “the American lifestyle is not negotiable”. Yeah okay there are disgusting people in the world. Yet we really know that what we need to do is obviously downscale, downsize, back with our feet down-to-earth.
Also: reported by NPR, http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2013/04/08/176565424/the-big-squeeze-can-cities-save-the-earth?utm_source=NPR&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=20130408
comic from the New Yorker.
Some say that we are too many on this planet.
Yes we are, if we all drive SUVs to buy strawberries for Xmas. Californian cuisine makes sense not coz thousand-Michelin-starred Chez Panisse restaurant food is delicious, but coz local, seasonal, organic food is sustainable.
Keeping the population of the world as it is, or even allowing a certain growth, really this planet CAN be enough.
Really, in a possible world where we all live in smaller sustainable cooperative communities and think smaller, also without going back to the caves this planet IS enough.
(Trieste, Italy, April 10, 2013)