Humanity consumed on Thursday everything the planet produces in a year without exhausting itself and, therefore, it will live the rest of the borrowed year, warned the NGOs Global Footprint Network and WWF.
To put it figuratively, it will take 1.75 Earths to meet the needs of the world’s population in a sustainable wayaccording to the indicator created by researchers in the early 1990s. And it keeps getting worse.
This date corresponds to when “Humanity consumed all that ecosystems could regenerate in a year,” according to the two NGOs.
“During the remaining 156 days (until the end of the year), our consumption of renewable resources will consist of devouring the natural capital of the planet”, pointed out Laetitia Mailhes, from the Global Footprint Network during a press conference.
But this does not even take into account the needs of other species living on Earth. “You also have to leave room for the wild world,” continued Mailhes.
The “overcapacity” of the Earth marks the date on which Humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what the Earth can regenerate in that period.
According to the NGO Global Footprint Network, which follows This measure has continued to grow for 50 years: December 29, 1970, November 4, 1980, October 11, 1990, September 23, 2000 and August 7, 2010.
In 2020, this date se had delayed three weeks due to confinement due to the covid-19 pandemicbefore returning to previous levels.
This ecological footprint is calculated from six different categories“crops, pastures, forest areas necessary for products, fishing areasbuilt areas and forests necessary to absorb the carbon emitted by ‘fossil fuels’and is closely linked to consumption patternsespecially in rich countries.
Specifically, if all humans lived like the French, Earth Overshoot Day would have happened even earlier.on May 5, 2022.
WWF and the Global Footprint Network place particular emphasis on food. “Our food system has lost its mind with excessive consumption of natural resources, without responding to the needs of fighting poverty”, on the one hand, and an epidemic of overweight and obesityon the other, asserts Pierre Cannet, of WWF France.