How much space do we really need?

Many who deny that humanity is on an unsustainable path of population and consumption growth, such as the misleadingly named Population Research Institute, often cite the fact that Earth’s entire human population could fit into Texas if we all lived at the density of New York City. This may be the case, but it is as meaningless as stating the fact that the entire human population of the world could fit into Antarctica if we all lived at the density of Auckland. What really matters is how much space we need to sustainably supply the needs of all of Earth’s human inhabitants. Tim de Chant of Per Square Mile has a produced a superb info-graphic that clearly illustrates this point.

FYI: New Zealand has a similar ecological footprint per capita to France.

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