According to the Global Footprint Network as of today humanity has used up more resources that the earth can generate this year. The network declared today as this year’s Earth Overshoot Day which is five days earlier than last year and the earliest Overshoot Day yet.
The Network says as the global population grows and consumption rises, we are emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than our oceans and forests can absorb and we are depleting fisheries and harvesting forests more quickly that they can reproduce and regrow. The Network states when the first Earth Overshoot Day was calculated in 1987 it fell on December 19th.
World Wildlife Fund President David Miller says Canada is fortunate to still have an abundance of renewable natural riches when much of the world no longer does so it’s vital that we take care of these resources so they can continue to take care of us in the future and that’s why WWF Canada works to build solutions to ensure people and nature thrive together.