Institute of Environmental Protection reports that humanity’s consumption of natural resources is equivalent to 1.7 Earths. On August 2nd, Earth Overshoot Day, we exceed the planet’s capacity to regenerate resources within a year. Global Footprint Network estimates show that we are consuming resources at an unsustainable rate, emitting more waste than the Earth can handle.
For Poland, the Ecological Debt Day already occurred on May 2nd. The report highlights excessive consumerism and its disregard for ecological costs, leading to social, environmental, and individual consequences. Experts link such consumption to secondary needs, like status, power, and social standing, which fosters a lifestyle focused on material possessions.
Food waste stands as a significant concern, with nearly 153 kilograms discarded every second in Poland, including 92 kg in households. Adopting “zero waste” principles, such as refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost, is essential to limit the strain on the environment. By making responsible choices, consumers can positively impact the planet’s well-being and contribute to a sustainable future.