The European Economy
The impact of the European economy is now
nearly three times larger than what is required
for a sustainable world.
Today Europe uses 20 per cent of what the
world’s ecosystems provide and yet is home to
only 7 per cent of the world population.
patterns of production and consumption continue unchecked, the human economy will be double the
available biocapacity by 2050, and we will need the
equivalent of two planet earths to support us.
The choices we make today will shape our
opportunities far into the future. The cities, power
stations and homes we build in the next few years
could lock human society into wasteful use of
energy and other resources beyond our lifetimes,
or they could begin to propel us and future
generations towards a new and more balanced
way of living.
Europe, as the world’s largest economy
must embark upon an immediate and major
transformation to avert dangerous climate change
and prevent ecosystem collapse.
A shift to a
more sustainable future will require a significant
mobilisation and behavioural change of actors and
institutions from every aspect of society.