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Publish at 2019-08-15

If you haven’t heard of ‘Overshoot Day’ you need to pay attention to this.

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Overshoot Day is the day on which mankind have reached a stage where we have used more natural resources than the earth can truly replenish, the earth only grows so fast…

For some this may sound familiar since something similar happened in 2016. The only difference is that in that year we have had used a year’s worth of Earth’s resources by August 8. It is highly disturbing that now, we have accomplished this shameful milestone more than a week earlier after three years.

According to a study by Global Footprint Network stated that, we are using nature 1.75 times faster that our planet’s ecosystems can regenerate. This is akin to using 1.75 Earths.

How many earths would we need if we would continue to live the way we do?

Since a while back it has been going around social media an illustration by science writer Tim De Chant. It is an infographic on how much land would be required if seven billion people lived like the populations nine selected countries from Bangladesh to the United Arab Emirates.

This data is produced by the Global Footprint Network (GFN), to do this “ecological footprinting” the researchers have to look at how much land, sea and other natural resources are used to produce what mankind consumes – how many tomatoes we eat, how much mild we drink, the cotton that goes into the shirts we wear etc.

The average American, says GFN, uses seven global hectares, compared to a global average of 2.7, according to the most recent GFN figures (based on data from 2011). It's this figure of seven global hectares that allows GFN to calculate that it would take four Earths - or to be precise, 3.9 Earths - to sustain a population of seven billion at American levels of consumption.

Ecological footprint (countries of one million people or more)

Country

Footprint per person

How many Earths?

Kuwait

8.9 global hectares

5.1

Australia

8.3

4.8

United Arab Emirates

8.1

4.7

Qatar

7.0

4.0

United States of America

6.8

3.9

Canada

6.6

3.8

Sweden

6.5

3.8

Bahrain

6.2

3.6

Trinidad and Tobago

6.0

3.5

Singapore

5.9

3.4

Although some criticise these figures since they ‘don’t say anything about sustainability of cropland, such as the erosion of soil”.

Researchers don’t know much about how sustainable some agricultural practices are and therefore, to what extent resources are being overused.

While these figures may not be right-spot-on, governments can find them useful as a way of thinking about policies on the environment – stated GFN Director and co-founder Mathis Wackernagel

For example, Switzerland publishes ecological footprint estimates on its Federal Statistics Office website. The UK, meanwhile, has formed a Natural Capital Committee to study how the country consumes its natural resources and how long, at current rates, they will last.

If you would like to know how is your lifestyle contributing to ‘Earth Overshoot Day’ try our GFN’s new Footprint Calculator at www.footprintcalculator.org to find out your Ecological Footprint and personal Earth Overshoot Day and learn about solutions to help us all tread more lightly on the Earth.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33133712

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