On the first day of August we have already consumed all the natural resources that can grow back within a year. They include water, soil, clean air, and other resources which the earth usually provides us with for a whole year from January until December.
WE USE UP OUR RESCOURCES FASTER AND FASTER EACH YEAR
The situation wasn’t much better in the past years: In 2017 Earth Overshoot Day was the second of August and in 2016 the 13th. However, it wasn’t always as bad as it is today: The first Earth Overshoot Day in 1970 was calculated to be December 29th. Then in the year 2000 it was September 23rd.
IN 2018 HUMANITY WOULD NEED 1.7 PLANETS TO SUPPORT OUR DEMAND ON EARTH’S ECOSYSTEM
The Earth Overshoot Day is calculated annually by the Global Footprint Network at the beginning of the year for each country based on their global footprint. In 2018 Earth Overshoot Day started with Qatar at the beginning of February and will end with Vietnam in late December. This year we would need 1.7 planets to support our demand on earth’s ecosystems. Still, several countries would need a lot more than that. They include Australia with 5.2, the US with 5, South Korea and Russia with 3.4, and Germany with 3.2 planets.
But there is no planet B.