Red Hot and in the Red by Siofra Sharpe
According to the Global Footprint Network a sustainability organization which calculates ecological resources, we are now officially in the red. This means specifically that we humans have officially used up more ecological resources this year than the Earth can regenerate by the end of the year. This overspending of natural capital is leading to the likes of deforestation and carbon dioxide buildup in the atmosphere, which leads to ever-increasing climate change, says the network.
The official date, July 29th marks the earliest date ever landed and has moved up two months over the past 20 years. It even has a name: Earth Overshoot Day.
With the richer countries as the biggest culprits and the poorer countries paying the price, we are heading towards a global health emergency. If the whole world’s population lived like the richer culprits, we would need five earths to meet our demands, says the network.
So let’s continue our fight for Mother Earth and lead her out of the red and into the green (and blue)!
*Source: CNN News