(RINF) – New research suggests that the United States is now using more resources each year than it can successfully regenerate within the same time frame. According to an international sustainability think tank, Global Footprint Network, the US now requires twice the amount of resources that is naturally available within its own borders.
The report, “State of the States: A New Perspective on the Wealth of Our Nation,” examines the resource availability of 50 states and the District of Columbia. Created in collaboration with Earth Economics in Tacoma, Washington, the report also found that resource consumption and availability varies dramatically state by state.
Worldwide, humanity is using the equivalent renewable resources of 1.5 Earths.
Mathis Wackernagel, president of Global Footprint Network and co-creator of the Ecological Footprint said:
“As both domestic and global pressures on nature’s resources increase, it is more important than ever to manage them carefully in order to ensure the most resilient future for our country and its states.
“We strongly believe it is possible to live within the means of nature, without sacrificing human well-being. But doing so requires decision-makers to make strategic investments in infrastructure and our natural capital and set policies aimed at conserving our planet’s resources.”