Resource justice In a world of finite resources, Europe must stop consuming more than its fair share

30 November 2017

Our current level of overconsumption is plundering the Earth's resources at a faster rate than they can be regenerated. This cannot last forever – and we are beginning to see the impacts of the system breaking down. Not only at the environmental level, but also at the social one. The number of murdered environmental defenders is increasing by the year, as the overexploitation of natural resources threatens local communities, especially in the global South.

6 November 2017

One of the most pressing needs of our age is to veer away from the cliff-edge that overconsumption is driving us towards, and find new ways to live in a world that — to quote Mahatma Gandhi — "has enough for everyone's needs, but not for everyone's greed".

But how do we get there?

Europe is using an ever-increasing amount of the world's resources and is more dependent on imported resources than any other region in the world. As the global population increases, developing nations expand their economies, and more people lead resource-intensive lifestyles, there is more pressure than ever on the earth's decreasing resources – exacerbating social inequalities and environmental damage.

 

Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for the measurement of Europe's resource use – and the subsequent reduction of consumption levels. We recognise the environmental, economic and social benefits of reducing Europe's resource consumption, and advocates for a sufficiency-led approach to resource consumption.

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