August 1, 2018 is Earth Overshoot Day.
What does that mean?
Earth Overshoot Day marks the day in the year when we have used more trees, fertile land, water and fish than the Earth can produce in a year. After today we are living on credit. The Earth cannot replenish these resources as fast as we consume them.
It is calculated by the Global Footprint Network.
This year it is the earliest date ever. The date has been moving earlier and earlier in the year. In 1975 it was on November 30.
The last few years…
August 6, 2015
August 5, 2016
August 3, 2017
August 1, 2018
It should really be no sooner than December 31.
Let’s do better.