Its goal is to highlight the impact of humanity on Earth.
A large ecological footprint can cause a loss of biodiversity, soil erosion, and deforestation, as well as more severe droughts and hurricanes around the world.
Of course, some countries are far worse than others. On the other side of the world, residents in Cape Town have had to slash water consumption in half since 2015. "These are consequences of busting the ecological budget of our one and only planet", Mathis Wackernagel, head of the Global Footprint Network, said.
The GFN calculates the date by dividing the planet's ecological resources generated each year, namely its biocapacity, by the totality of humanity's demand on those resources. The "1.7 Earths" figure is an average of resource consumption across the planet.
"Our economies are running a Ponzi scheme with our planet".
GFN proposed several suggestions to address the situation. Reducing driving by 50%, replacing one-third of auto miles with public transportation and the rest by walking and biking, would win back another 12 days.
Halve the carbon component of the EF, such as reducing meat consumption. According to the report, it takes 14 times as much land to produce a ton of beef as it takes to produce a ton of grain. Global livestock contributes at least nine percent of manmade carbon emissions. GFN data shows that 86 percent of countries are now living beyond their means, creating an "ecological deficit".
The first one is to decrease the use of automobiles by 50 percent and the total traveled distance by 30 percent.
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It also noted that EF per person for high-income nations has declined 12.9 percent since 2000. The GFN, founded in 2003, now owns the EOD. "To support our demands on nature, we have been liquidating resource stocks and allowing carbon dioxide to accumulate in the atmosphere".
The overuse of resources is due to an expanding population and increasing consumption rates.
To compute ecological balance or surplus, a country has to be self-sufficient.
This is the day in the year where we've used up more of earth's resources than we can grow back that year, which is a pretty harrowing thought.
August 1st is the earliest Earth Overshoot Day since the world went into ecological overshoot in the 1970s.