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August 1 is the "date on which we will have used all the trees, the water, the fertile soil and the fish that the Earth can provide us in a year." Sadly, this depletion of resources coincides with the celebration of Pachamama by many indigenous peoples of America.
On August 1, humanity will have consumed all the resources that nature can renew in one year and will live "in debt" for five months, according to the NGO Global Footprint Network.
August 1 is the "date on which we will have used all the trees, water, fertile soil and fish that the Earth can provide us in a year," explained Valérie Gramond of WWF, linked to the Global Footprint Network, which He recalled that this date comes sooner and earlier.
"We will also have emitted more carbon dioxide than the forests can absorb," Gramond added.
"It would currently take the equivalent of 1.7 planets Earth to meet our needs," stressed the WWF in a statement.
August 1 is the earliest recorded date since "Earth Overcapacity Day" began to be counted in the early 1970s. Then, the resources were exhausted on December 29, while last year this date had already been advanced until August 3.
Since then, "the depletion of resources has accelerated due to excessive consumption and food waste", explains Gramond, who recalls that in the world a third of food ends up in garbage.
This waste of natural resources varies from country to country. "We have different responsibilities, since small sparsely populated countries like Qatar or Luxembourg have a very important ecological footprint," criticized Pierre Cannet of the WWF.
If the whole of humanity lived like the Qataris or the Luxembourgers, the "Day of Overcapacity of the Earth" would be on February 9 and 19, respectively. In contrast, in a country like Vietnam, this date does not occur until December 21.
"We have to go from a cry of alarm to a call to action," defended Pierre Cannet, who is concerned about the increase in CO2 emissions last year, after three years in which they remained stable.
On the website of the"Earth Overcapacity Day",Several solutions are proposed to reverse the current trend: rethinking the model of cities, promoting renewable energy, reducing food waste and excessive consumption of meat and limiting population growth.
Everyone can calculate their ecological footprint on this page.
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