On August 8, 2016, we will have used as much from nature as our planet can renew in the whole year.
We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester.
Today is Earth Overshoot Day—the day when humanity has consumed more natural resources than the planet is able to generate in a single calendar year. Disturbingly, this date is happening earlier with each passing year.
According to the Global Footprint Network, an international think tank concerned with environmental sustainability, Earth Overshoot Day is today, August 8, 2016. That means we’ve eaten up our annual supply of Earth’s renewable resources—and there’s still a whopping 145 days still left in the year.
Last year, Earth Overshoot Day—also known as Ecological Debt Day—was August 13. In 2014, it was August 19. The first Earth Overshoot Day was December 19, 1987. It’s happening earlier and earlier each year, so we’re clearly heading in the wrong direction.
If you choose do so… please tell us all about it! Do you have any ideas of what WE can do TOGETHER to promote the issue, reduce our consumption, etc?!