I've read about and listened to people talk about how it would annually take 1.5 earths to provide our resources and absorb our waste. It has over time contributed to my belief in the need for us to reflect on our individual and collective role in contributing to this need and to what we can do about it. The infographic below from Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day really drives the point home. Basically, we consume the earth's allotted resources for the year in mid-August and have been over the allotment each year since the 1970's.
I'm becoming a supporter of infographics as a way to make information more visible. This one certainly shows the contribution that we in our country make to this hungry planet. Combining this with the growing gap between the rich and poor here and across the world makes me wonder how long it can continue before we experience even greater discontent and tragedy.