I can give you a straigt answer to the question asked in the title above: yes.
Our current global population is 7.2 billion and still growing, while earth’s total resources are only good for 2 billion people at the current demand. (TheWorldCounts) You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that if we continue to live the way we do now, there will come a day that we simply have nothing left. If you look on the website www.theworldcounts.com you’ll find alarming facts about the state of our earth. They place several statistics that increase at high speed while you look at them. For example, at the moment that I’m writing this article, the number of planets earth we’ll need to provide recourses and absorb our waste stands at 1.6531035585 and the tons or resources extracted from earth globally this year stands at 40,590,901,672.
These statistics show that we are dealing with a huge worldwide issue that is already causing problems for us now, and will do even more in the near future. Because what will we for instance going to drink if we run out of water? At this moment, only 2.5% of the worlds total water volume is fresh water. And of that 2.5%, 70% is frozen. From the fresh water that remains 70% is being used for agriculture, 20% in industry and only 10% is being used for human comsumption. These statistics are caused by increased irrigation and agriculture, and the consequences are that we will end up whit a drinking water and food shortage (TheWorldCounts). The depletion of our water is only one example of many natural resources but it is the one that is most serious because there are for instance substitutes for oil, but nothing can replace our drinking water.
The depletion of our natural resources is a mega trend that has been a very serious problem for a long time, but it is definitely getting more attention nowadays then in the last century. Trends that emerged from this mega trend are the trends that encourage a sustainable lifestyle and a lot of micro trends that involve technological inventions such as solar panels. It is very certain when you look at the forecasts that researchers made that this mega trend is still in it’s growing phase and will continue to grow at high speed. That is making governments ask questions like, how much longer will earths’s natural resources really last, and what are we going to do when we actually run out? Sadly the first people who are being effected by this problem are the poor, who don’t have the money to use expensive substitutes for natural resources.
Luckily a lot of countries are taking measures such as placing windmills and sonar panals and a lot of foundations and companies are doing their best to create awareness among people about what kind of things you can do to help. The truth is that it will be hard to predict when we will completely run out of natural resources because there are a lot of things that need to be taken into account. Things like natural disasters, the economy and the further grow of our world population. It’s a fact that we’ll run out eventually, knowbody knows exactly when so our future remains uncertain, but all kinds of small choices you make, such as how long you decide to shower, have their effect on this huge problem. So choose wisely.
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