Earth Overshoot Day comes early this year

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Earth Overshoot Day is the date when humanity's annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth's ecosystems can renew in that year.

According to GFN, the estimated level of resources and ecosystem services required to support human activities at their current rate equals 1.7 Earths (as humanity uses nature 1.7 times faster than ecosystems can regenerate).

That day is marked as Global Overshoot Day and each day - actually, each second - after that represents a negative balance in Earth's resource account. In order to change the consumption level, overfishing, forest overharvesting and high Carbon dioxide emissions need to be reduced, AccuWeather reports. Each year since then has seen it arrive earlier and earlier, with August 1, 2018 - today - marking the earliest it's ever arrived.

Each year the Global Footprint Network (GFN), an worldwide environment think tank, assesses how much of the Earth's resources humans use and calculates the day when our species consumption exceeds Earth's biocapacity: its ability to regenerate its resources to sustain human life on the planet.

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There are things that we can do to prevent the date from moving backwards every year, as detailed on the Earth Overshoot Day official website.

It means the planet has already consumed a year's worth of resources in just seven months.

Mr Wackernagel added: "It's time to end this ecological Ponzi scheme and leverage our creativity and ingenuity to create a prosperous future free of fossil fuels and planetary destruction".

The network also said rethinking energy systems and having one less child would save another 93 and 30 days respectively. In total, livestock is responsible for 9 percent of human-related carbon emissions.

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This Earth Overshoot Day, the Center for Biological Diversity and Global Footprint Network will distribute more than 10,000 free endangered species condoms in 10 US cities with the largest carbon footprint to encourage Americans to have safe sex.

"These are the consequences of busting the ecological budget of our one and only planet".

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