This is one of the things that motivates me to work for change:
Currently, the global population is cutting down trees faster than they regrow, catching fish faster than the oceans can restock, pumping water from rivers and aquifers faster than rainfall can replenish them and emitting more climate-warming carbon dioxide than oceans and forests can absorb.The report concludes that today’s average global rate of consumption would need 1.5 planet Earths to sustain it. But four planets would be required to sustain US levels of consumption, or 2.5 Earths to match UK consumption levels.
Our overconsumption hurts us in the long run in that we lose natural resources and damage the ecosystems that produce our resources. However, there’s also a tragic loss of beauty when life (nonhuman life) is treated as disposable, as just another product to consume as part of our modern lifestyles of affluence.