Why the 2019 balance sheet of Earth’s resources should ring alarm bells.


The sustainability organisation Global Footprint Network has been raising the alarm on our abuse of the environment. It calculated and showed how the Earth Overshoot Day had been crossed this week.

Earth Overshoot Day (EOD) marks the cut-off date on which humanity collectively uses up all the resources that the planet can renew in a year. After that date, any resource that we use would be over and above that the Earth can replenish.

The organisation has been calculating the date since 1986 and has shown how we have crossed the deeply troubling milestone at the earliest date ever, this year.

In 1993, the world had crossed the EOD on October 21; in 2003 on September 22; and in 2017 on August 2. In 2018, Earth Overshoot Day fell on August 1. This year, we crossed the milestone on July 29.