- On 29th July 2019
- In General
- By Luke
Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources (fish and forests, for instance) and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. We keep growing this deficit by liquidating the Earth’s natural capital and accumulating waste, primarily carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Today, July 29th, is 2019’s Earth Overshoot Day.
That means that in just 7 months humanity has already consumed more natural resources than nature can renew in one year.
As you can see from the above chart, Earth Overshoot Day is getting earlier and earlier each year and we need to do something about it. Humanity is currently using nature 1.75 times faster than our planet’s ecosystems can regenerate. This is akin to using 1.75 Earths. Overshoot is possible because we are depleting our natural capital – which compromises humanity’s future resource security. The costs of this global ecological overspending are becoming increasingly evident in the form of deforestation, soil erosion, biodiversity loss, or the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The latter leads to climate change and more frequent extreme weather events.
“We have only got one Earth – this is the ultimately defining context for human existence. We can’t use 1.75 without destructive consequences,” said Mathis Wackernagel, co-inventor of Ecological Footprint accounting and founder of Global Footprint Network.
Here at Exo Environmental we fully support different solutions to combat the problems and have been using the Working With Nature philosophy that encourages Nature Based Solutions in the majority of our work making sure to contribute to the circular economy.
If we can #MoveTheDate by 5 days a year, humanity will be using less than one planet before 2050.
For more information on Earth Overshoot Day, head to their website: https://www.overshootday.org/
Or to find out how many Earths would be needed if everyone lived like you, take a look at: http://www.footprintcalculator.org/