Today is World Overshoot Day, a day that marks the point in each year when we have used more natural resources than the Earth can renew. According to WWF, every single natural resource we use from now on in 2107 will not be sustainable.
Everything we do makes demands on the planet. The alcohol we drink, the tobacco we smoke, the clothes we buy, what we eat, the way we travel and more. When combined with the demands of every other person on Earth – known as humanity’s Ecological Footprint – we are far exceeding the planet’s capabilities.
Simply put, from this day onwards humans have used up their allowance for water, soil, clean air and other resources on Earth for the whole of the calendar year, so the earlier the date is, the worse off we are as a planet, and this year’s date is earlier than it ever has been before. According to campaigners, this new date means that we now need the equivalent of 1.7 Earths to withstand our level of consumption.