The Problem with Consumerism [Videos]

In 2009, South Korea did something remarkable. The country poured 2% of its GDP, some $38.1 billion, into environmental projects, hoping to create one million green jobs over the next  five years. The goal was to spur growth in a slumping economy while simultaneously creating a low carbon society. In one sense, the plan worked. South Korea’s economic system did eventually recover, but in a more important sense, the plan failed. From 2009 to 2014, Korea’s emissions rose 11.8%. So, despite massive investments in clean energy, railway expansion, and energy efficiency, South Korea’s emissions still climbed.

So what happened? Why didn’t South Korea’s green growth strategy work? The video below (by Our Changing Climate) will answer that question and more in order to understand one of the insidious spectres that haunts the green energy revolution: consumption.

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7 Visualisations that demonstrate How we Humans are Destroying Earth

World population is growing at a rapid rate across the globe and according to a recent prediction by the UN, the global population will approximately be 10 billion by 2050. Whilst we are aware of its socio-economic repercussions like poverty, inequality, hunger, malnutrition, unemployment, lack of education and healthcare, it is important to understand that the aforementioned will take a huge toll on our planet’s natural resources. The most obvious implication of such a population explosion is deforestation to accommodate the rising population, which in turn can have a huge negative impact on biodiversity and ecological balance.

The production of greenhouse gasses by burning fossil fuel is causing “global warming” which is evident as the average temperature of air and oceans has significantly gone up. It has resulted in a disruption of the natural pattern of rainfall causing flooding and drought in the same region during the same year.

Unless we take notice of the developments and try to make amendments in our ways to lower our carbon footprint, the planet might look quite different soon. Check out this infographic from DPACK that lists 7 visualizations that elaborate how we humans are destroying the planet.

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