Humanity has exhausted its annual ecological budget in less than eight months, according to data from Global Footprint Network, an international sustainability think tank and WWF partner.
For the rest of 2014, we are “in the red” – effectively overdrawn on the balance sheet of nature’s goods and services that we require to survive.
Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s footprint in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate. The date is moving progressively earlier from 1 October in 2000 to 19 August this year.
“Nature is the foundation of our well-being and our prosperity, but we are using up far too much of the Earth’s finite resources,” said Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International. “For a healthy and bright future for our children, we must preserve the natural capital that is left – and be better stewards of this one precious planet we call home,”