We are using our ecological resources 1.75 times faster than the planet can regenerate them, according to the Global Footprint Network.
That international nonprofit organization has been calculating “Earth Overshoot Day,” the date at which we start consuming natural resources faster than they can be replenished by the end of the year, since 1986.
Today is 2019′s Earth Overshoot Day, and July 29th is the earliest in the year the date has ever landed.
The online publication Quartz describes Earth Overshoot Day as “the day when humanity overshoots the planet’s ability to recover from what resources we consume within each year—like regrow the trees we cut down, absorb the carbon dioxide we emit, and replenish the seas with the fish we harvest, to name a few. At this rate, it would take 1.75 Earths to sustainably meet the current demands of humanity, according to the available data.”
Read more at Quartz.