Our fragile planet - World population, consumption

We live on a fragile planet which supplies us with all our requirements for living. However, there are limits to what our planet can provide us with on a sustainable basis.

It has been estimated that we are currently consuming our precious Earth resources at a rate that cannot be replaced or renewed through natural processes and that it would take at least 1.5 planets the size of Earth to support our present population sustainably.

The clock on the right gives a fairly accurate idea of how we are increasing our population and consuming our resources.