Louisiana is one of the many states using more natural resources and services that can be generated within its borders, according to a new report by Global Footprint Network, an international sustainability think tank.
However, the report lists Louisiana as one of the states developing solutions to ecological deficits. Louisiana values natural capital, such as the benefits of wetlands for buffering hurricanes, providing water, reducing floods, and increasing fish.
Ecological deficits occur when demand for resources exceed what’s available within a state or country’s borders, according to the report. The report shows that the United States is using twice the renewable natural resources and services that can be regenerated within its borders. Worldwide, humanity is using the equivalent renewable resources of 1.5 Earths, according to the report.
With domestic and global pressure increasing on natural resources, it’s more important than ever to manage them carefully, said Mathis Wackernagel, president of Global Footprint Network.
In the U.S., California, Texas and Florida have the highest ecological deficits.