The WWF Living Planet Report looks into the UN Human Development Index (HDI) – a measure of a country’s achievements based on economic, health and social indicators – as well as the ecological footprint of each nation on the planet.
As the graph below shows, most developed countries have a high ecological footprint (vertical axis), while there is still a large portion of the world’s population in need of further development (horizontal axis). If all countries continue developing at the current rate of resource consumption, we will undoubtedly face shortages. Our model highlights the finite nature of Earth’s natural resources and the need for smarter solutions to meet human needs.
By 2050, there will be nine billion people on the planet – all wanting a high quality of life that must be achieved within the limitations of the Earth’s resources.¹