Today we have used up the annual Earth resources budget in record time.
Today, Earth Overshoot Day 2016 has come 5 days earlier than last year. According to the Global Footprint Network that means that if every person in the world lived like an Australian, there would need to be more than 5 Earths - but we only have one!
The first Earth Overshoot Day was December 19, 1987. Now it has come back into August and heading toward July!
|To get more details and find out about more countries get the full report at www.overshootday.org |
2014 - August 19
2015 - August 13
2016 - August 8
In just over 7 months we have used more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate - by over-harvesting forests, overfishing, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester.
This means we will have to borrow 4.5 months of resources from the future - from future generations, from other species.
We all need to take voluntary simplicity a little bit more seriously.
Labels: education, environment, simple living, systems view of life