Today is the 30th World Population Day. This global holiday started on July 11th, 1987 when the world population approximately hit 5 billion people.
Now, on the 30th anniversary, our World population is around 7.6 billion people. BBC News says, by 2100 the world is projected to have a population of 11.2 billion people.
Our global society (especially richer countries) is fueled by consumerism, and that is leading to overconsumption of our world's resources. According to research conducted in 2000 by SERI (Sustainable European Research Institute),
"Humans today extract and use around 50% more natural resources than only 30 years ago, at about 60 billion tonnes of raw materials a year. -- On average, an inhabitant of North America consumes around 90 kilograms (kg) of resources each day." The equivalent of about 198 lbs. per day!
The amount of weight we consume in 2017 is higher and is predicted to keep increasing if we don't start to work towards positive changes as a global society.
Tiny houses come in all styles and range in size anywhere from 100 to 500 square feet. Because of tiny houses size it cuts way down on overall costs and resources to build and maintain them. Let's explore some of the beneficial impacts tiny housing can have on the world.
Consume Less Natural Resources
CO2 emissions are one of the main causes of global warming. Tiny House Build provides detailed stats on the difference in CO2 levels between an average home and the average tiny home. For the full infographic with all the stats head to Tiny House Build.
Students at Laney College in Oakland, California built a "net-zero, solar-powered" tiny home for a competition. Named "The Wedge" it's designed to create as much energy as is used in the home. It's solar panels supply most of the homes energy. They also thought about California's issue with water scarcity and put a compost toilet in the house that uses greywater. Read the full article about The Wedge.
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