Earth’s Natural Resources Consumed Faster Than They Can Regenerate

It has been recorded that human consumption of natural resources outweighed the Earth’s ability to regenerate in 2019, with July marking the first time this has happened. At the current rate, a 75 percent increase in resource availability would be required to meet human consumption.

The Global Footprint Network is an international sustainability think tank. Mathis Wackernagel, a GFN founder and representative, had the following comment: “We have only got one Earth. This is the ultimate defining context for human existence. We can’t use 1.75 without destructive consequences.”

The Earth Overshoot Day is a yearly event of the GFN calendar. The organization wishes to highlight human activity on the planet and its relation to dwindling resources that cause ecosystem instability. The annual event was usually held at the end of the year, since its founding in 1986. The date of the event has migrated from late October to the beginning of August in recent years, marking the higher consumption by humankind over the years. And forcing GFN to present these activities much sooner in the year.

Earth’s Natural Resources Consumed Faster Than They Can Regenerate

The United Nations has released a report that presents the same statistics gathered by GFN. The highlight of the report says that current human activity regarding the destruction of the environment will have serious consequences. This will destabilize society on an ecological level.

The US is one of the leading causes of the current situation. The UN has criticized Americans, stating that if the whole world lived like them, we would need the resources of 5 Earths to sustain ourselves. Countries such as the UK and France rank lower on their consumption, coming it at three required Earths. But that is nothing to be proud of.

This radical resource consumption will affect countries on the weak side of the fence. This is because these countries are usually mined or farmed for those resources by wealthier ones. So, despite not significantly contributing to the consumptions, the poorer countries will bear the higher cost.

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About the Author: Emmy Skylar

Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News.  She covers politics and the economy.

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