Humans Have Already Depleted Earth’s Resources For The Year

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In the 1980s, the overshoot day fell in November, shifting back to October by 1993 and to September just after the millennium. Its objective is to highlight the impact of humanity on Earth.

Canada's resource use is one of the highest in the world - if we had a national Earth Overshoot Day, it would fall on March 18.

"Our economies are running a Ponzi scheme with our planet", said Global Footprint Network CEO Mathis Wackernagel.

"It's time to end this ecological Ponzi scheme and leverage our creativity and ingenuity to create a prosperous future free of fossil fuels and planetary destruction".

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"We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through over-fishing, over-harvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than ecosystems can absorb", the environmental advocates explain on their website.

Alongside Earth Overshoot Day there is a campaign to #MoveTheDate, which encourages people to think about our consumption and try to reduce it in any way we can. Historically, Earth Overshoot Day moves further from December 31 every year, which means every year we get closer to the point where we face a real crisis.

Halve the carbon component of the EF, such as reducing meat consumption.

The planet has also absorbed as much carbon emissions as a result of human activity as it can for the year.

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The network also said rethinking energy systems and having one less child would save another 93 and 30 days respectively. That's 1.2 Earths instead of 1.7.

This Earth Overshoot Day, the Center for Biological Diversity and Global Footprint Network will distribute more than 10,000 free endangered species condoms in 10 USA cities with the largest carbon footprint to encourage Americans to have safe sex. On the other side of the world, residents in Cape Town have had to slash water consumption in half since 2015.

On Aug. 1, humanity will have used nature's resource budget for the entire year, according to Global Footprint Network (GFN).

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