What happened to Haiti's natural resources
Earth overload day Germany has used up its resources
Why do we act like this when we know better?
There are many reasons for this: We are masters of repression. Because we don't feel the effects of our actions directly, it doesn't seem really important to us. What happens to us directly if we quickly buy a coffee-to-go in a disposable cup? After five minutes, it disappears into any garbage can and thus out of our field of attention. At the same time, we're great at glossing over things. The one exception won't hurt anyone. One flight will not be that difficult.
In addition, our brain clearly jumps to short-term rewards. According to psychologist Annegret Wolf from the Martin Luther University in Halle, this is called time-consistent discounting. For us, the twelfth jacket that we buy even though we don't actually need it seems much more appealing than the idea that we have done something good for the environment by doing without it.
The others do it too
And our fellow human beings are often not particularly helpful either, because we are incredibly easy to be influenced. True to the motto: If the others do it, then I can too. And finally, it is also our everyday environment, with all the temptations and advertising promises, by which we are conditioned.
It is not easy for man. We all often do things against our better judgment. However, it is not a reason to keep our previous behavior, because as the extremely early Earth Overshoot Day shows, it is already five past twelve. We urgently need to get the matter straight, and it's not just politics who have a responsibility, but every single person. We have linked some examples of how this can be done in this article. Everyone can help make the earth's resources less wasteful. Every day, by taking small steps. Until it becomes a routine and then a matter of course.
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