Essay on Ecological Footprint And Its Impact On Human Environment

760 Words Sep 6th, 2015 4 Pages
Ecological Footprint

The human race has existed for less than one percent of the Earth’s current lifetime, and yet they have made a major impact into the planet. In that small amount of time, humans have been responsible for the different types of pollution and several extinctions of various species around the globe. As of right now, with the recent technological advancements, society is increasingly consuming natural resources than it would take the Earth to replenish. It is important to balance how much the human global demand takes to what planet can supply. We have to recognize the ecological footprint, which measures the human global demand to the natural global supply, in order to sustain the Earth’s resources.

The term ecological footprint originated from Dr. William Rees and Dr. Mathis Wackernagel at the University of British Colombia.1 Both men published a book in regards to the increasing economic activity and material consumption of the natural global resources that has happened over the past few decades. Rees and Wackernagel addressed that ecological footprint is a concept that “not only assesses the sustainability of current human activities, but is also effective in building public awareness and assisting in decision making.”2 It is a term that they wanted to publicly in hopes of bringing worldwide notice of the impact that human consumption has over the environment. Although it is difficult to measure the scope of human consumption of natural capital in a…

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