The day when we exceeded the level of Earth’s resources consumption, on which our planet needs 12 months, has passed. Unfortunately, humanity has established another new record of its feeding on nature.
As reported by WWF, from July 29, humanity lives on the ecological loan that Mother Nature offered us. The organization measures the so-called ecological footprint, which is based on the assessment of human impact on the natural environment and the comparison of these data with the regenerative nature of nature. The report shows that we consume over 50 percent more resources than our planet can provide us with during the year.
If this trend continues, and everything indicates it, in 2030, to live normally, we will need two planets, and in 2050 already three. We used our limit as a civilization for this year two days ago. Interestingly, a year ago it was August 1, two years ago on August 3, and three years ago on August 5, so from year to year, we are rapidly accelerating this moment.
Interestingly, in 1961 humanity used only 2/3 of Earth’s natural resources. The research on ecological footprint uses data on the volume of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere, fields designated for cultivation, animal husbandry and the amount of wood obtained from forests, fished fish, seafood as well as the construction of infrastructure.
It must be emphasized here that the day in which we live on a specific loan fell even faster in Poland, on May 15, which is 4 days earlier than in 2018. This shows how developing countries like Poland do so at the expense of Mother Nature. Although we feel better from year to year, this is a pernicious conviction, which we will soon discover on our own skin, when nature says enough!
One Earth is not enough for us. We have set another disgraceful record. Fig. OverShootDay.
The average inhabitant of our planet needs about 2.7 hectares of land, while the inhabitant of Poland already requires as much as 4 hectares, and in order to maintain the balance in nature, this area should not be larger than 1.8 ha.
According to WWF Polska, to reduce our ecological footprint and really start to take care of nature, we must start using moderation with electricity, turn a car into a bicycle or public transport, whenever possible, eat food that was created in an environmentally friendly way choose products with an ecological certificate.
When buying fish and fish products, check that they have an MSC certificate, guaranteeing that fish come from sustainable fisheries or choose those species that have received green light in the guide of WWF Poland “What fish for dinner?”.
When choosing products made of paper or wood, pay attention to whether they have been labeled with the FSC certificate. It really costs us nothing, and thanks to that we will be aware that the future of humanity will be drawn in more pink colors.