The world’s population is increasing exponentially. As of today, according to an estimate of the United Nations, it has already exceeded 7 billion. The total annual birth rate up to 2011 was 135 million per year, while deaths were 55.5 millions per year. Current projections show a continued increase in population with the global population expected to reach up to 11 billions in 2050. The population density in Asia is 87 inhabitants per square kilometer, in Europe it is 70 inhabitants per square kilometer.
Natural resources are running out
The rise in population increases the demand to produce basic amenities like houses, food and clothes. It also increases the need for transportation, medical care and education, for which we need industry, land and natural resources such as fossil fuel. These natural resources are running out rapidly. To meet the increasing requirements of food, forests are being cut down and fuel combustion is causing pollution, hence global warming.
Impacts of deforestation
According to the Nature Geoscience Review, tropical deforestation accounts for 12% of the green house gases. Historically, utilization of timber and fuel wood has played a key role in human societies. Today developed countries continue to use timber for building houses and wood pulp for paper. In developing countries, almost three billion people rely on wood for heating and cooking. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity review (TEEB) concluded that the damage of forests and other natural resources could halve living standards for the poor and reduce global GDP about 7% by 2050.
Natural resources like fossil fuels can not be regenerated artificially. What will happen when these resources run out? This will happen in a near future. The corporate sector and hence the global economy will collapse. What can be done to prevent this situation? One thing is clear, we can do nothing about the natural resources. We are left with the option of reducing the industrial overproduction, which could save natural resources. But how? This is possible if we change our life style.
Buy second hand!
Buying second hand rather than new goods. In Denmark, special markets called Blå Marked (Blue Market), provide slightly used things abundantly. Apart from Blue Markets there are a number of Red Cross Second Hand shops all over Denmark, as well as Blå Kors (Blue Cross) shops (the Blue Cross is a Danish Christian relief organisation).
I recently visited the Blue Market in Haslev, a vast compound where you can buy almost anything. There were clothes, shoes, electronics, kitchenware, bicycles, furniture and everything we use in our daily lifes. These commodities are as good as new, and available at 20% of the new retail price. Plenty of people shop there.
|Det Blå Marked
Lysholm Allé 86 – 4690 Haslev
Open Saturday and Sunday 10-17
You can also visit:
Den Blå Hal – Københavns Loppemarked