July 28: The day the world’s resources will run out for this year

The world is finite; your resources too. But man lives as if the planet is inexhaustible and his assets are unlimited. The Global Footprint Network, an international research organization, has been around for decades. date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services exceeds what the world can reproduce each year. The early seventies of the last century are known as that date. ‘Extremism’ or Ecological Open DayIt was the end of December, it will come earlier this year, much earlier: 28 July.

Human beings use ecological resources as if they live on 1.75 Earth. Consumption of natural resources, waste accumulation and emissions of greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide, far exceed the world’s biological regeneration capacity.

ecological footprint‘, the only measure that compares the demand for resources of individuals, governments and companies with the Earth’s bioregenerative capacity, increasing unstoppably in the last half century.

The Global Footprint Network precisely measures the population’s demand and supply of resource and ecosystem services. These calculations are the basis for calculating World Ecological Open Day. The idea is to provide political leaders with tools to help the economy operate within the ecological limits of the planet.

To determine the World Ecological Open Day date for each year, the Global Footprint Network calculates the number of days in that year. biocapacity The surface area of ​​the Earth is sufficient to provide the ecological footprint of humanity. The remainder of the year corresponds to global ‘overpayment’ or ‘overpayment’.

ecological deficiency

The Ecological Open Day is calculated using a mathematical formula: divide the planet’s biocapacity (the amount of ecological resources Earth can produce that year) by humanity’s ecological footprint (human demand for that year) and multiply by 365.

But what exactly biocapacity a city or a nation? They biologically productive land and marine area, including forest land, grazing land, cultivated land, fishing land, and built-up land.

Waste production is increasing every year. pixabay

this ecological footprintOn the other hand, the gauge demand of a given population for plant-based food and fiber products, livestock and fisheries products, timber and other forest products, space for urban infrastructure, and forests to absorb carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels.

Both measures, biocapacity and ecological footprint, are expressed in global hectares: standardized hectares comparable to world average productivity. If the demand for a population’s ecological assets exceeds the supply, that region runs an ecological deficit..

An ecological deficiency zone meets demand by importing its own ecological assets (such as overfishing), liquidating it, and/or releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.. At the global level, ecological deficit and ‘overshoot’ are the same as there is no net import of resources to the planet.

If half a century ago human consumption of natural resources was practically balanced by the Earth’s regenerative capacity, in 1987 this was exceeded at the end of November; ten years later, at the beginning of October; In 2004 it was already close to August, and in recent years it has reached July.

resource destruction

The World’s Ecological Open Day was set on July 29 last year. Twenty-four hours ahead this year, which means man has failed to make significant changes to counter the destruction of resources, increase in pollution and environmental destruction..

Calculations by country by the Global Footprint Network are self-explanatory. If all humanity had exhausted natural resources like in Jamaica, World Ecological Open Day would not arrive until December 20. On the contrary, the consumption recorded in Qatar, which is transferred to the entire planet, will cause that date to come on February 10.

Consume less and better, one of the formulas for reducing human ecological footprint. pixabay

where is it located Spain in this order? Alright If all the inhabitants of the world consumed ecological resources like the Spaniards, the planet’s regenerative capacity would be exhausted on May 12., two and a half months earlier than the world average. Or in other words, if the entire world’s population lived like the Spaniards, more than two Earths would be needed to make up for the natural resources consumed in a year.

Of course, there are countries where their inhabitants consume much more resources than the Spaniards. For example, those from Luxembourg, Canada, the United States, Australia, Belgium, Denmark or South Korea. Residents of Russia, Germany, France, Japan and Portugal, among others, consume only slightly more than Spaniards.

In contrast, countries such as Indonesia, Cuba, Egypt, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina or Turkey consume much less per capita resources than in Spain. And slightly less resources are consumed per capita in China, Greece, the United Kingdom, Italy and Switzerland, among others.

hope message

Despite the bad data – it gets worse every year – both the Global Footprint Network and the conservation organization WWF, which has been participating in Earth’s Ecological Open Day since 2007, launched a campaign. hope message, given that there is room for improvement. and what’s going on consume less and consume better.

they emphasize people have the ability to improve their homes and communities; for example, insulating homes to reduce energy consumption, using more sustainable means of transport such as bicycles or public transport whenever possible, and, above all, reducing consumption.

The Evolution of Ecological Open Day since 1971 overshootday.org

But The greatest potential for large-scale impact to improve the human ecological footprint is in governments and corporations.and that one and the other “align their policies and strategies with the fact that Earth is a finite planet”.

Humanity is currently living in a ‘storm’ of climate change and resource constraints. Thus, the sooner companies, cities and countries prepare, the better positioned they will be to face the future, increase the security of Earth’s resources and achieve prosperity on the planet.

Among the dozens Answers The Global Footprint Network and WWF propose to improve the ecological footprint using renewable energy and microgrids, financing decarbonisation, producing low-impact meat, improving emissions standards for trucks, promoting passive homes and multi-family housing, supporting smart cities, promoting circular fashion, finishing plastics in one use, planting trees, promoting shared use and switching to electric cars and a plant-based diet.

Reference website: https://www.overshootday.org/

Calculate your ecological footprint and your personal Ecological Open Day: https://www.footprintcalculator.org/home/en


Environment department contact address:crisclimatica@prensaiberica.es

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