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Humans’ heartbreaking effects on our beautiful planet

Humans’ heartbreaking effects on our beautiful planet

Our home planet is under extreme stress. It’s sad that phrases like this have become cliche, because the stakes now are higher than ever.

Humans are harming this beautiful planet in more ways than we know. In Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER), more than 170 photos paint a picture of a landscape so depressing, it might just encourage some attention and change. Photos depict every aspect of human impacts on the Earth, from overcrowded megacities to oil spills to devastating deforestation.

“We have passed a crucial tipping point,” the book says. “Our quest for greater and greater material prosperity is now impoverishing future generations. The Global Footprint Network estimates further that by 2030 we will need two planets to sustain us. Further growth simply deepens the crisis of ecological “overshoot” as we draw down Earth’s carrying capacity, and it comes at the direct expense of our own children and grandchildren.”