Thought for the Week

Earth Overshoot Day fell on 13 August and it’s getting earlier each year. Humanity has already used up 100 per cent of the resources ‘budget’ produced by the Earth this year, which means that any consumption from now on represents an unsustainable burden on the planet , i.e. mainly in the form of biodiversity loss and the effects of climate change. ‘Earth Overshoot Day’, the moment when humanity exceeds nature’s budget for the year was reached six days earlier than in 2014. The Global Footprint Network (GFN) sustainability think-tank tells us that humanity lived within the Earth’s means up until 1970 but, driven largely by carbon emissions, it has been steadily increasing the debt ever since. See http://www.earthovershootday.org.

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