Humanity will have burned through all the natural resources
So-called Earth Overshoot Day—the date when humanity has used all the biological resources that Earth can renew annually—has crept steadily earlier since the 1970s, according to the Global Footprint Network.
The group calculates the point will be reached on August 22, compared to July 29 in 2019, marking a rare reversal after lockdowns to slow the new coronavirus caused a temporary decline in emissions and wood harvesting.
This reduced humanity’s footprint by 9.3 percent compared to last year, they said.
But that is “not something to celebrate”, said Mathis Wackernagel, president of Global Footprint Network, in an online presentation on Thursday.
that the planet can replenish for 2020 by Saturday, according to researchers who said the grim milestone is slightly later than last year after the pandemic slowed runaway overconsumption.”It’s not done by design, it’s done by disaster,” he added.
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