The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. Evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide.
Many of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development. By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.
The WED theme this year is therefore sustainable consumption and production. But we need you to vote for a slogan that says it better. The winning slogan will be used to call on the global WED community to take action for our planet, and promote sustainable consumption and production on every level.
Living within planetary boundaries is the most promising strategy for ensuring a healthy future. Human prosperity need not cost the earth. Living sustainably is about doing more and better with less. It is about knowing that rising rates of natural resource use and the environmental impacts that occur are not a necessary by-product of economic growth.
So take your first step towards sustainable living and vote now!
Voting ends on 26 March and the winning slogan will be announced soon after. Invite your family, friends, school and community to choose and vote as well.
Unite for the environment and celebrate World Environment Day this 5 June 2015!