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Since August 22nd the Earth has been living on credit. That day marks the time of year when the 7. Therefore, until 31 December everything that is spent or consumed in real terms means accelerating a little more the disappearance of reserves and their diminishing renewal. It is the day known as Overshoot Day, which since has marked the moment when each year human beings have literally eaten up the food, energy and ecological resources that the Earth is capable of producing or renewing.
It is measured by the Global Footprint Network GFNthe international research institute in California, which uses a list of 15, data established by the United Nations. Sincethe annual date on which humanity exhausts resources has only advanced, with the sole exception of this year,when the general confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic has given Mother Nature a break. In fact, both and the overshoot day was 29 July.
This would demonstrate that only the adoption of drastic universal measures can stop and even reverse the trend of destroying our planet's capacities. It is true that the containment was not a voluntary measure, taken for the benefit of the Earth, but imposed as the most effective means of mitigating the uncontrollable advance of the COVID virus.
As GFN President Mathis Wackernagel states, "if it is not accompanied now by a systemic change in our modes of production and consumption, it will be of no use". Since the introduction of this calendar inthe balance of each day's overcapacity has marked various periods of acceleration, the most dramatic coinciding with those in which the habit of throwing away has been imposed.
Thus, between andthe deterioration of the planet progressed until 4 October was marked as the date of annual exhaustion. Since then, massive production and consumption, with its corresponding generation of real mountain ranges of unrecycled waste, has triggered pollution, global warming, the disappearance of permafrost and numerous glaciers.
Humanity exhausted its resources on September 23rd in the yearon August 25th in and on August 5th into then shoot up until the aforementioned July 29th in This year's retreat therefore indicates that it is not impossible to make major and rapid changes to reverse the impact on the ecological footprint. Because, if we continue on the current path, the GFN warns that it would take the equivalent of six planets Earth to meet our needs to drink, eat, heat or travel. Not all humans contribute equally to the planet's broken seams.
A simulation, compiled by the newspaper Le Monde, establishes a classification of the biggest consumers of resources. The table places Qatar at the top, so that if all 7. The American way of life transferred to the whole world would need 5 while if we all lived according to the ways, customs and traditions of India it would only need 0.
The GFN is pessimistic that the positive lessons drawn from confinement - a sharp drop in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, cleaner rivers and seas, recovery by wildlife of part of their lost territories - do not translate into global measures. China, for example, has returned to pre-pandemic levels of industrial pollution emissions since it began to ease its drastic containment measures in March. A trend that is feared to occur in the rest of Asia.
In the Americas and Africa, the huge fires in the Amazon and the strip between the equator and the tropics are increasing the devastation, desertification and erosion of the planet, whose marine and fresh waters are becoming increasingly polluted by plastics and metals, with striking examples in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, or on a smaller scale in the Mar Menor, once a crystalline jewel of the Spanish Levantine coast, now a dead lagoon.
The Global Footprint Network offers governments a more optimistic outlook. And the final figure, if humanity were able to gain 5 days each year untilwe would once again have a planet that is sufficient to renew itself and provide us with everything we need for life, without stressing or breaking down. The most wasteful.
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