I noticed something interesting when I looked at the latest Earth Overshoot Day calculation.
We’ve failed again.
It’s less than eight months into 2016 and the ominous day is already nearly upon us: Earth Overshoot Day, previously known as Ecological Debt Day, is a reminder of the enormous toll we take on the Earth.
The day marks the juncture when humanity’s demand for ecological resources exceeds what the planet can replenish annually. In 2016, it falls on Monday, which means people have already consumed an entire year’s worth of the world’s resources ― and we still have four months to go until the year’s end.
For the rest of 2016, we’ll be “living on resources borrowed from future generations,” as the World Wildlife Fund pointed out when we failed last year.
Troublingly, this year’s Overshoot Day is happening earlier than ever before.
Now, look at the overshoot graphic. Do you see a trend?