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Environmental body slams overconsumption

The environmental group WWF says that Swiss people have unsustainable habits and will "live at the expense of the environment and other countries".

This content was published on June 5, 2009 - 00:01

The group notes the 53 kilos of meat each Swiss eats annually as part of an upward trend in overconsumption. WWF says Swiss people on average pump 11,400 litres of petrol into their cars and that the average living space is 44 square metres per capita.

It means that Swiss people use up 240 per cent more natural resources than the natural environment is able to provide.

"Starting today, the shelves of our stores should be empty," the group wrote.

Denmark and Australia had exhausted what WWF figures is their annual allocation of resources in April. The United States and the United Arab Emirates reached the same milestone in March, consuming 450 per cent more than what their environments are able to provide.

WWF recommends taking fewer trips by airplane, living in more efficient housing and eating vegetarian food as a way to solve the problem.

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