One of the most important graphs in the world

This is why I love the Happy, simply – a sustainable lifestyle model and education project. If we are overusing the planet there are wonderful alternatives. Happy, simply isn’t just about living simpler and better for people and the planet it is also about celebrating that kind of lifestyle that is richer for the soul, spiritually, for communities and of course for our finite resources…
Continued economic growth isn’t possible on our planet plus it doesn’t make us happier anyway… so why do we continue with this failed system…?

A good follow on this this graph and blog from Make Wealth History is the next post on Simplicity History from my other favourite resource – The Simplicity Institute:

In personal news I have completed my Teaspoons of Change 1000km walk and 800km bike ride in Japan and will write a special Happy, simply reflection on the journey… but for now you can see some pics and posts here

The Earthbound Report

Last week the 2014 edition of the Living Planet Report was released. I’ve written about this annual report from WWF and the Footprint Network before. I’ve probably mentioned it just about every year that I’ve been writing the blog, because every year it updates this graph:

This is one of the most important graphs in the world. It’s worth looking at it every year.


It shows, in case you haven’t seen it before, humanity’s ecological footprint. That’s the red line, and it includes our drawdown of renewable natural resources such as timber and fish, and our use of the earth’s systems to absorb and process our waste.

The green line, or green area in this case, is the earth’s biocapacity. This is the amount of resources and services that the earth can sustainably provide.

It can provide more resources, as the line shows – you can overshoot biocapacity. You just…

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2 thoughts on “One of the most important graphs in the world

    • Thanks Jonathan and it is strange for New Zealand to have a green image overseas but not really hit the mark on the ground… There are so many wonderful examples of happy simple life in Aotearoa New Zealand and I hope it can become more mainstream faster and sooner to live up to its image. Cheers, d’Arcy.

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