PR: Humanity are using more than what the Earth can regenerate and our demands can be fulfil only if we have 1.7 Earths | WWF

PR: Humanity are using more than what the Earth can regenerate and our demands can be fulfil only if we have 1.7 Earths



Posted on 02 August 2017
According to Global Footprint Network, an international research organisation that has pioneered the Ecological Footprint resource accounting metric, today is Earth Overshoot Day and humanity have used nature’s budget for the entire year.

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year.

This year, humanity used nature’s budget within eight months and August 2 is the earliest date in Earth Overshoot Day’s history.

The world has went into overshoot for the first time in the early 1970s and Earth Overshoot Day has moved from late September in 1997 to August 2 this year.

According to Global Footprint Nework’s country data, Myanmar is among a minority of countries that has more biocapacity than its citizens are using. Myanmar’s biocapacity still exceeds its ecological footprint by 19%.

“Myanmar's capacity to generate natural resources such as water, forests and biodiversity is still higher than the country's ecological footprint or how much land and water is required to sustain the population and its economic activities. However, Myanmar has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world and has lost a lot of its mangroves and biodiversity over the last decades. In other words, Myanmar is starting to run low on its natural wealth bank account,” said Hanna Helsingen, Green Economy Programme Manager, WWF-Myanmar, “In order for nature to protect and take care of us, we must also protect and take care of nature. We must use our natural wealth carefully and make sure we save enough to support future generations."

According to this year’s data, humanity are currently using nature 1.7 times faster than ecosystems can regenerate in a year and our demands can be fulfil only if we have 1.7 Earths. That means we are borrowing the natural resources from future generations and it can lead us to many negative impacts worldwide.

The costs of ecological overspending are becoming increasingly evident around the world, in form of deforestation, drought, fresh-water scarcity, soil erosion, biodiversity loss and the build up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

But we can reverse the trend. If we moved Earth Overshoot Day back 4.5 days every year, we would return to using the resources of one planet by 2050. And cutting food waste by 50% worldwide could move the date by 11days, reducing carbon component of the global ecological footprint by 50% would move the date by 89 days.

“Our planet is finite, but human possibilities are not. Living within the means of one planet is technologically possible, financially beneficial, and our only chance for a prosperous future,” said Mathis Wackernagel, CEO of Global Footprint Network and co-creator of the Ecological Footprint.“Ultimately, moving back the date of Earth Overshoot Day on the calendar is the name of the game.”

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Global Footprint Network, GFN is an international research organisation that has pioneered the Ecological Footprint resource accounting metric. The first Earth Overshoot Day campaign was launched in 2006. WWF has participated in Earth Overshoot Day with Global Footprint Network since 2007.