although Pandemic If humans consume the world’s resources slower than usual, the trend will be reversed. Earth Overload Day, alas, it was July 29th yesterday.
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If you are not familiar with this day, it is that human beings use more ecological resources and services than Earth It can be regenerated in one year. Last year, due to the global blockade, Earth Overload Day fell on August 22nd. Although the pandemic is still raging in many countries, the world somehow returned to 2019 levels.
According to EcoWatch, the leader of the Glasgow City Council, Susan Aitken, said: “There are still nearly half a year before we have used up the quota for the Earth’s biological resources in 2021.” “If we need to remind us that we are in One climate And ecological emergency, Earth Overload Day is it. “
Another way to view data is that humans are using nature It regenerates its ecosystem 1.7 times faster than the earth. At this rate, we will need 1.7 planets to sustain our environmentally reckless lifestyle.
carbon Emissions It’s still slightly below the 2019 high, but if you’ve been to a US airport recently, you may have noticed that it looks as busy as it was before the pandemic. There is a feeling of wanting to return to normal. For many people, being normal means using a lot of resources.
“Rather than admit that this is a reset moment, government Always eager to restore business as usual. According to EcoWatch, global emissions have returned to pre-pandemic levels,” said Stephanie Feldstein, director of population and sustainable development at the Center for Biodiversity.
Published national footprint and biocapacity account map Global Footprint Network If you slice and dice the data by country/region, you will find huge differences in the Earth’s overload days. Qatar With a shocking overshoot on February 9, the United States and Canada were not far behind on March 14. Countries that are close to sustaining resources for a full year include Ecuador (December 7) and Indonesia (December 18).
Another interesting graph from the Global Footprint Network asks how many earths we need if the world’s population lives like different countries. If everyone shares resources like the United States, we will need five complete planets.But if everyone lives like people India, We can survive on seven tenths of the earth.
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