EU citizens consume 20% of the planet’s natural resources, although it accounts for only 7% of the world’s population


“This consumption is directly responsible for the extreme weather phenomena that are increasingly felt on the continent. It is important to ensure that the EU reaches zero net emissions by 2040,” the WWF report released on Thursday.

It shows that if everyone had the same lifestyle as European citizens, tomorrow, May 10th, we would have exhausted the resources the Earth can generate in a year, according to the latest WWF report and Global Footprint Network data.

Globally, the Earth Overshoot Day or the day when we complete the Earth’s resources and start consuming the resources that future generations should inherit has fallen last year on August 1, once again marked earlier in the calendar, in every year.

“In order to cover the needs of natural resources currently consumed by the EU, we would need 2.8 planets, well above the world average, which is about 1.7 planets and goes beyond what is sustainable for our planet. , we demand from Earth more resources than it can generate in a year, and we are even more sinking into debt we will never be able to pay. The consequences of this excessive consumption are the loss of biodiversity, deforestation, drastic reduction in stocks fish, water scarcity, soil erosion, air pollution and climate change, resulting in more frequent extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and fires, causing tensions and conflicts and aggravating socio- economic, “the report said.

60% of the EU’s green footprint is made up of carbon. World temperatures have already risen by about 1° C, and Europe has already begun to feel the impact.

“According to the European Environment Agency, floods, droughts, heat waves and other extreme weather events have caused economic losses of 453 billion euros between 1980 and 2017, as well as human lives: over 115,000 people across Europe”, points out Document.

The latest WWF report, Living Beyond Nature’s Limits, highlights the many differences between the ecological footprints of EU Member States and other countries in the world. It also shows that, despite large variations between EU countries, none of them operate at a sustainable level. It reiterates the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Scientific Report and provides recommendations on the urgent changes needed to make more sustainable use of natural resources.

“WWF Romania calls for the Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 to make a strong priority of sustainable development and the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss. It is important to protect and restore the wildlife of Europe by 2030 and to ensure that the EU reaches net emissions zero in terms of climate change by 2040, “said the organization’s representatives.

Sustainable policies could significantly increase the EU economy through investment, faster innovation, cost savings and the creation of new jobs. For example, reaching zero GHG by 2050 would lead to GDP growth of 2%, employment growth, health benefits of € 200 billion per year, and savings 2-3 trillion euros by abandoning fossil fuel imports, WWF data shows.

“Putting sustainable development at the top of the strategic agenda The Future of Europe, recognizing the need to address and halt the loss of biodiversity and setting an ambitious but achievable target of zero zero emissions by 2040, will send a strong signal to citizens across the globe Europe that reflects the fact that governments pay attention to the problems faced by humanity and that the EU can meet its commitments while ensuring global leadership in climate and biodiversity, “said WWF.


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