Denmark’s ecological footprint per capita is the fourth largest in the world, according to the latest Living Planet Report published by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
The Danes are only surpassed by the oil-rich states Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the report found.
“It is how we live and the way we have set up our society that leads to such a large ecological footprint,” Gitte Seeberg, the secretary general at WWF Danmark, told Politiken newspaper.
“Our nation consists of roads, cities and wheat fields – but barely any nature. On top of that we consume far too much meat, among other things.”
That trend has also had significant ramifications for biological diversity in Denmark, claims the report. A number of animal species are on the red list for threatened animals, including 25 percent of all mammals and every third bird species. Half of all butterfly types in Denmark have disappeared or are threatened with extinction.
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