Why If The Earth Had A Bank Account It Would Be Overdrawn

We’ve all been there. Our bank accounts overdrawn, begging for that next payday to hurry up and come. Well, imagine if that payday never came and you’d be the earth TODAY.

In just over half a year we emitted more carbon than the oceans and forests can absorb, caught more fish, cut down more trees, and consumed more water than the Earth was able to produce in the same time period

 

On this Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, us beautifully flawed humans have used up our allowance of planetary resources. Compare that to in 1993, when it fell on October 21, in 2003 on September 22, or in 2016 on August 8. Ya know, those little-used resources like clean air, water, and soil.

It’s called ‘Earth Overshoot Day’, according to environmental groups like World Wildlife Fund and Global Footprint Network, we’ve gotten there a full 6 days earlier than this time last year. What an honor, right? Which basically means we’ll all be, more or less, living off of planetary credit, for those of you sticking with the banking analogy. And it is also roughly the same as 1.7 planets needed to produce enough to meet man's current needs at these consumption rates.

We, of course, can contribute to preventing, and eventually reversing, the trend by going plant-based, using less resources, and cutting back on food waste.

 

Elliot 'Captain Planet' Chan

Vegr Contributor/Editor

 

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