"The 2012 edition of the LPR highlights the tremendous pressure that
humanity is putting on our planet. We are using 50 per cent more
resources than the Earth can provide. By 2030, even two planets will
not be enough.
Our natural capital is declining and our Ecological Footprint is
increasing. Urgent action is needed to ensure that we can live in
harmony with nature.
Human population dynamics are a major driving force behind
environmental degradation. One aspect of this is the overall size of
the global population, which has more than doubled since 1950 - to 7
billion in 2011 and is forecast to reach just over 9.3 billion people
Rising consumption trends in high-income groups around the world and
in BRIICS countries, combined with growing population numbers, provide
warning signs of the potential for even larger footprints in the
The countries with the biggest Ecological Footprint per person are:
United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Denmark, Belgium, United States, Estonia,
Canada, Australia, Kuwait, Ireland."