Oldspeak: “I, like most humans on Earth, failed to notice this grim, existentially important milestone. August 2nd marked the day when we once again have deepened our ecological debt. No civilization wide plans are in place to curb economic & population growth. No radical interventions in the “business as usual” trajectory of human activity is on the horizon. As human resource consumption and population continue to grow, It’s a pretty safe bet that we can expect increasing resource scarcity and the complete collapse of biospheric integrity as our planet’s ability to support our existence is eroded. It’s sad, that this life-altering reality garners a lone story in most news outlets. This is literally the only debt that matters and it’s barely noticed by most humans.” -OSJ
“Earth Overshoot Day is not a day to be celebrated, but it is a day that deserves to be noticed and acted upon.
It is the day calculated by the Global Footprint Network (GFN) on which the Earth goes into debt, or more specifically we go in debt to the Earth. Every year the Earth is capable of producing a finite amount of natural resources — trees and wetlands to absorb carbon, agricultural lands to raise produce and livestock, trees to make paper, and so on.
When we exceed the naturally replenishable allotment of resources, we are forced to deplete resource stocks that will produce next year’s crops and carbon banks.
It’s pretty easy to figure out the downward spiral here.
The more we tap into those foundational resources, the less we are able to produce the following year. And then add that to steadily increasing consumption in countries like India and China … you get the picture.
Unless we have a radical intervention, we are headed for a collision course of epic proportions that can have only one of two results — the increasing scarcity (and costs) of resources resulting in a breakdown of the economic system and an end to the cycle of ever-expanding consumption. Or worse, the complete collapse of the complex natural systems that (until the 1970s) actually met all of our annual needs.” –Karl Burkart
Written By Phys.org:
Humanity will have used up its allowance of planetary resources such as water, soil, and clean air for all of 2017 by Wednesday, a report said.
Earth Overshoot Day will arrive on August 2 this year, according to environmental groups WWF and Global Footprint Network. This is a day earlier than in 2016.
It means humanity will be living on “credit” for the rest of the year.
“By August 2, 2017, we will have used more from Nature than our planet can renew in the whole year,” the groups said in a statement.
“This means that in seven months, we emitted more carbon than the oceans and forests can absorb in a year, we caught more fish, felled more trees, harvested more, and consumed more water than the Earth was able to produce in the same period.”
The equivalent of 1.7 planets would be required to produce enough to meet humanity’s needs at current consumption rates.
Calculated since 1986, the grim milestone has arrived earlier each year.
In 1993, it fell on October 21, in 2003 on September 22, and in 2015 on August 13.
Greenhouse gas emissions from burning coal, oil and gas make up 60 percent of mankind’s ecological “footprint” on the planet, said the groups.
There was some good news. While coming earlier every year, the advance of Earth Overshoot Day has slowed down, said the statement.
Individuals can contribute to stopping, and eventually reversing, the trend by eating less meat, burning less fuel, and cut back on food waste, said the report.
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