Living Planet Report 2012
Canadians must choose environment and economy for strong future
The Living Planet Report reveals that Canadians are using approximately 3.5 times their share of the Earth’s annual productivity, part of a global trend of increasing demand for resources by a growing population. This trend is putting tremendous pressures on our planet’s biodiversity and is threatening our future security, health and well-being. The correlated decline in biodiversity threatens not only the balance of our ecosystems, but economic opportunities.
- Biodiversity has declined globally by around 30 per cent between 1970 and 2008; by 60 per cent in the tropics
- Demand on natural resources has doubled since 1966 – we are currently using the equivalent of 1.5 planets to support our activities
- High-income countries have a footprint five times greater than that of low-income countries
- "Business as usual” projections estimate that we will need the equivalent of two planets by 2030 to meet our annual demands
- Canada has the 8th highest ecological footprint per capita of the 130 countries included, behind Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Denmark, United States of America, Belgium, and Australia
View from Space
Living Planet Index
Astronaut Andre Kuipers shares his passion for our living planet
About the Living Planet Report
The Living Planet Report outlines a number of solutions needed to reverse the declining Living Planet Index and bring the Ecological Footprint down to within planetary limits. These are set out as 16 priority actions, and include improved consumption patterns, putting an economic value on natural capital, and creating legal and policy frameworks that manage equitable access to food, water and energy.