Humankind marks a doubtful milestone Thursday, the day by which humanity has consumed all Earth can sustainably produce for this yr, with NGOs warning the remainder of 2022 can be lived in useful resource deficit.


The date – dubbed “Earth Overshoot Day” – marks a tipping level when folks have used up “all that ecosystems can regenerate in a single yr”, in keeping with the World Footprint Community and WWF.

“From January 1 to July 28, humanity has used as a lot from nature because the planet can renew in the complete yr. That is why July 28 is Earth Overshoot Day,” stated Mathis Wackernagel, president of the World Footprint Community.

He added: “The Earth has loads of inventory, so we will deplete Earth for a while however we can’t overuse it endlessly. It is like with cash; we will spend greater than we earn for a while till we’re broke.”

It will take 1.75 Earths to supply for the world’s inhabitants in a sustainable method, in keeping with the measure, which was created by researchers within the early 1990s.

World Footprint Community stated Earth Overshoot Day has fallen ever sooner over the past 50 years.

Uneven burden

In 2020, the date moved again three weeks as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, earlier than returning to pre-pandemic ranges.

The burden will not be evenly unfold. If everybody lived like an American, the date would have fallen even earlier, on March 13, Wackernagel stated.


The 2 NGOs level the finger on the meals manufacturing system and its “appreciable” ecological footprint.

“In complete, greater than half of the planet’s biocapacity (55 p.c) is used to feed humanity,” the 2 NGOs stated.

“A big a part of the meals and uncooked supplies are used to feed animals and animals which can be consumed afterwards”, stated Pierre Cannet of WWF France.

Within the EU, “63 p.c of arable land… is straight related to animal manufacturing”, he stated.

“Agriculture contributes to deforestation, local weather change by emitting greenhouse gases, lack of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems, whereas utilizing a major share of recent water,” the NGOs stated.

Primarily based on scientific recommendation, they advocate decreasing meat consumption in wealthy nations.

“If we might reduce meat consumption by half, we might transfer the date of the overshoot by 17 days,” stated Laetitia Mailhes of the World Footprint Community.

“Limiting meals waste would push the date again by 13 days, that is not insignificant,” she added, noting one-third of the world’s meals is wasted.

© Agence France-Presse


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