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Everyone knows that we only have one planet (unless youre counting on moving to Mars soon) and limited resources, yet humans use the planet and its resources as if they are infinite. Developed countries like the United States (U.S.) and China use so many resources at such a high rate that we would need more than one planet to sustain the consumption and the waste that follows. Developing countries are looking to follow suit as they gain more resources and higher GDPs, but we cannot let overconsumption be a goal that people seek to reach. There are even holidays made up to make people buy even more stuff; theres Single’s Day in China and Black Friday in the U.S., not to mention that every major holiday has been turned into a way to get people to buy more stuff.

 

 

是在通走向灭绝吗?

 

每个人都知道我只有一行星(除非你指望不久就能搬到火星)和有限的源,然而人却把这颗行星和它的源当作是无限的。像美国和中国这样达国家以如此高的速度使用如此多的源,以至于我需要不止一个地球来持消和随之而来的浪。随着展中国家得更多的源和更高的国内生产总值,它也在求效仿,但我不能让过度消追求的目。甚至有些日是们买更多的西而造的;中国有光棍,美国有黑色星期五在美国,更不用每个重大日都成了一种们买更多西的方式

 

 

This overconsumption may seem to make people happy, but it really doesn’t in the long run. Not only this, but it is destroying our environment. Too often, governments and corporations only see the environment as a piece of the economy while it is actually the basis of everything we need to live as a planet. So how can we fix these problems? There may not be one solution, but it is important to know what is happening and work toward something better for people and planet.

 

度消似乎会感到快,但从长远来看,它确不会。不如此,它在破坏我境。政府和企往往只把境看作经济的一部分,而实际境是我一个星球生存所需要的一切的基。那么我如何解决问题?没有一个解决方案,但是了解正在生的事情并和地球做些更好的事情是很重要的

 

 

Ecological Footprint

 

An ecological footprint measures the impact people (a person or community) have on the natural environment. Basically, the more land needed to sustain your use of resources and production of waste, the larger your ecological footprint is. We can compare this with biocapacity, which essentially is the amount of resources the environment can produce. When an ecological footprint is larger than what the biocapacity can handle, we have an issue of overconsumption. This creates problems with resource shortages, pollution, climate change, and more.

 

Currently, the planet as a collective community has a much larger ecological footprint than what our biocapacity can handle. Our capitalist world that based progress largely on consumption, and have access to a lot of resources, tend to have increasing footprints and therefore would need more space and resources to sustain itself at that rate in the future. According to the Global Footprint Network, if everyone on Earth consumed resources at the same rate as the U.S., we would need almost 5 planets worth of resources. For now if everyone consumed the same way as China, we would need only over 2 planets and that’s only going to be worse as more and more people are reaching for westernize lifestyles and “comfort”. Overconsumption as a culture is destroying our planet.

 

 

足迹衡量的是人(个人或社区)自然境的影响。基本上,持你对资源的使用和物所需要的土地越多,你的生足迹就越大。我可以将其与生物承(biocapacity)行比,后者本上是境能够产生的源量。当生足迹大于生物承力所能承受的范围时,就会出现过度消问题就造成源短缺、染、气候化等问题

 

目前,地球作一个集体社区,其生足迹比我的生物承力所能承受的要大得多。我本主世界在很大程度上依靠消取得步,并且能够获得大量的源,其足迹往往越来越大,因此未来将需要更多的空源来种速度。根据全球足迹网,如果地球上的每个人消耗源的速度与美国相同的,我将需要5个行星的源。就目前而言,如果每个人的消方式都和中国一,我只需要两个以上的星球,而且随着越来越多的人追求西方化的生活方式和舒适,情况只会得更糟。度消一种文化正在摧的地球

 

 

Consumption-based Holidays

 

There are entire holidays created based around overconsumption. Once we consume enough resources to meet our needs we should stop, but we don’t. Why is this? It is because most of us literally buy into a culture that says that consumption means happiness and success, which leads us to overconsume in a search of that happiness and success.

 

Singles’ Day in China is an unofficial holiday created for single people to go out and treat themselves and friends to gifts and things they would not usually buy. On November 11 of every year since the ‘90s, retailers have hosted huge sales as a way to get people to buy lots of things in the name of treating themselves. This day in 2018, Alibaba generated total sales of over $30 billion, a new record. Black Friday in the U.S. is another example of a made-up consumption-based holiday. The Friday after Thanksgiving marks a day of craziness and frenzy every year as people rush to stores to grab things they do not need because it’s marked down at such a significant rate. Black Friday sales totaled almost $8 billion in 2017. These holidays are not made for our benefit, but for the benefit of the companies which host it. So why do we buy in? I promise, buying that giant flat screen television because it’s 40% off will not increase your happiness for long, but it will contribute to the destruction of the planet.

 

以消费为的假

 

整个假期都是在度消的基造出来的。一旦我消耗了足源来足我的需求,我们应该停止,但我没有。什么呢?是因大多数人实际上都同一种文化,即消意味着幸福和成功,种文化致我们为了追求幸福和成功而度消

 

中国的光棍是一个非官方的日,身人士可以出去自己和朋友礼物和他通常不会西。自上世90年代以来,每年的1111日,零售商都会举办大型促以犒自己的名义购买很多西。2018年的一天,阿里巴巴的总销300亿美元,创历史新高。美国的黑色星期五是另一个虚构的消费节日。感恩后的星期五是每年狂和狂的一天,人冲到商店抢购不需要的西,因降价幅度如此之大。2017年黑色星期五的接近80亿美元。日不是了我的利益,而是举办这日的公司的利益。那么,我们为什么要买进?我保那台四折的大屏幕电视机不会久地增加你的幸福感,但会地球的破坏做出献。

如何做出改

一个星球,我方式的改很大程度上取决于政策和社会的转变,但我可以在个人面做出改。我可以通的消模式,培养不同的习惯尝试度消等于幸福的心来减少我的生足迹

 

 

How You Can Make Change

 

Change in the way we as a planet consume largely comes down to policy and societal shifts, but we can make change on the personal level. We can reduce our ecological footprints by changing our consumption patterns, developing different habits, and trying to change our ‘overconsumption equals happiness’ mindset.

 

Here are a few things you can start with to shrink your ecological footprint:

 

1.      Thrift what you need, and only buy what you cannot thrift. Thrift stores sell things that would normally just get put in the garbage and sent to a landfill, so buying those perfectly good things helps reduce your footprint.

 

2.     Do not buy into overconsumption “holidays.” Most of the stuff you would buy on Singles’ Day or Black Friday, you really can live without. It’s okay to buy something like this once in a while, but not at this high rate. Also, think about buying from small, or local, stores instead of huge corporations that create a larger footprint.

 

 

3.     Try to appreciate what you already have. Part of the reason we feel the need to buy more and more things is because we feel like we are missing something. If you have everything you need to live and be content, try to appreciate that. Sometimes all it takes is volunteering at a homeless shelter, or helping people out who don’t have everything they need.

 

Overconsumption is a cultural cycle that we have been pulled into by entities who do not really care about our wellbeing, and it is ruining our lives and the lives of future generations in the process. We do not have more than 1 planet to waste and we do not have much time to stop what we are doing to the one we have. You can roughly measure your ecological footprint by using Global Footprint Network’s calculator (www.footprintcalculator.org) and start changing the way your consume today so that we have a planet to live on tomorrow.

 

如何改

 

们这个星球的消方式的改主要归结于政策和社会的转变,但是我可以在个人面上做出改。我可以通的消模式,养成不同的习惯试图度消等于幸福的心,来减少我的生足迹。

里有一些事情你可以开始小你的生足迹:

 

1节约你所需要的,只你不能节约西。节俭商店出售的西通常只会被扔垃圾堆,然后被送到垃圾填埋,所以那些非常好的西有助于减少你的足迹。

 

2.不要买过量的假期。大多数你在光棍或黑色星期五会西,你确可以不。偶尔买这样西是可以的,但不能么高。此外,考一下从小商店或本地商店购买,而不是从建更大足迹的大公司购买

 

3着去欣你已经拥有的西。我们觉得需要越来越多的西的部分原因是因们觉得自己失了什么西。如果你有一切需要生活和足的西,着去欣它。有候,只需要在一个无家可的避所做志愿者,或者帮助那些没有他所需要的一切的人。

 

度消是一个文化循,我被那些并不真正关心我福祉的体拉入其中,在程中它正在破坏我的生活和后代的生活。我没有多于一个的星球可以浪,我也没有太多的时间来停止我们对自己所有的星球所做的事情。你可以使用全球足迹网算器(www.footprint calculator.org)粗略地量你的生足迹,并开始改你今天的消方式,这样明天就能有一个可以生存的星球

 

 

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