Man-Made Mass Exceeds Earth's Biomass
I read a paper recently from the Weizemann Institute of Science in Israel and quickly became dismayed. I’m a father of three and want my children to have a prosperous future.
To summarise people’s production of materials; metal, plastic and other construction materials collectively outweighs every other living organism on Earth.
The Research basically estimates how human-made mass has changed from the turn of the 20th century up until the present day.
The results are pretty scary, but evidence suggests that humans are doubling their mass imprint every 20 years and that each individual person currently adds more than their own bodyweight to the world each week.
2020 is seen as a tipping point and is the first year where human mass has hit circa 1.1 trillion tons, which in itself now exceeds the overall global biomass. Let’s put that into context, in 1900 human-made mass equalled approx 3% of global biomass.
Evidence also indicates that human beings have wiped out approx 50% of plant mass since the first agricultural revolution.
Modern agriculture uses more and more land for growing crops, such that the total mass of domestic crops is rather dramatically outweighed by the loss of plant mass resulting from deforestation and forest management.
The report goes so far as to state "These trends in global biomass have affected the carbon cycle and human health.”
Again putting things into perspective, ALL land and sea creatures weigh about 4 billion tons, currently plastic alone amounts to 8 billion tons. Is anybody else worried yet?
The only notable cases of slow growth among human mass were during the “Great Depression” and the energy crisis of the 70’s.
Now is definitely the time to consider taking action, not tomorrow, next week or next month, but now! This is the reason Wave Sport and Fitness exists, we endeavour to manufacture, package and ship responsibly. Don’t wait until it’s all too late.
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