What's Going On Here?
This week it was announced that Earth Overshoot Day will fall on the 1st August - the earliest it’s ever been.
Humans are using up the planet’s resources so quickly that the world’s population has used a year’s worth in just seven months.
What Does This Mean?
Earth Overshoot Day marks the point at which we’ve used a year’s worth of resources. The day is calculated by the Global Footprint Network which compares how much carbon, crops, food, water, forests we’re consuming with the planet’s ability to regenerate and absorb the carbon emitted from the consumption.
Each year, Earth Overshoot Day falls on a different day depending on how much we’ve used. You’d hope that the more we know about our impact on the planet, the more we’d change and the less we’d exploit it – but the graph below shows that this isn’t the case. We’re using more resources than ever! The red below shows increasing amounts of ‘unsustainable consumption’.