3,3 Lands. Three small globes, terrestrial and the small end of a fourth pivot on the screen of the computer. “If everyone lived like you, we would need 3.3 Land “, he wrote on the website Global Footprint Network. The renewable resources of the planet would be exhausted each year on 20 April. And after this date, then ? A credit, the vacation of the month of August ! Credit, the beef bourguignon in the winter ! Birthdays and Christmas, you put it on my note ! Luckily my second daughter was born a 1st of January – at least, she has had three months of respite before entering into an ecological debt.

” Your carbon footprint is 8 tons “, has been calculated to the website Global Footprint Network. That is to say, the quantity of greenhouse gases (which contain carbon, and the largest of which is CO2, carbon dioxide) that I emit each year through my direct activities : heating, transport, work, consumption… But also indirect ; if my clothes are imported, it takes into account the water, the oil, etc, necessary for their manufacture and their delivery. Ditto for the meat. It also takes into account the emissions of the services put at my disposal, public services (schools, hospitals, military barracks, courts of justice) and private (banks, etc.). Gold the Earth has an absorption capacity of CO2 limited, through its “wells” : forests, oceans.

The engineer and energy consultant Jean-Marc Jancovici explains, ” during the decade of the 1980s, humanity emitted about 23 billion tonnes of CO2 per year into the atmosphere, and “mother Nature” knew to recover about half of it “. These data are not stable and the tool of the Global Footprint Network is far from perfect, but the general idea is there : we emit too much.

Information taken, it is a little better than the average French (10.7 tonnes per capita in 2017, according to the office of the Commissioner general to the…

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