Humanity continues to consume more than planet can provide

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Sugar cane and soybean plantations have replaced hectare after hectare of jungle as the Amazon has been exploited in the name of agriculture, with little regard for the environmental impacts. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Riccardo Pravettoni

Humanity continues to consume far more natural resources than the planet can sustainably provide.

That's the message from the UN Secretary-General on World Environment Day, marked annually on June 5.

Daniel Dickinson reports

In his message, Ban Ki-moon said many of the Earth's ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points as the demand on resources made by human beings outstrips what the planet can provide.

He said it is time for humanity to change by focusing more on sustainable development.

The goal, he added, is to increase the quality of life for all people without increasing environmental degradation.

The theme of this year's World Environment Day is "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care".

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration: 34"

 

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