Earth Overshoot Day marks the point at which we have used more from nature than the planet can renew in a year. July 29, 2019 marks the earliest Earth Overshoot day, ever.
Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth’s ecosystems can regenerate in that year. Over the past 20 years, it has moved up two months to July 29, the earliest ever. This means that humanity is currently using nature 1.75 times faster than our planet’s ecosystems can regenerate, equivalent to 1.75 Earths.\
Since 1750, the global average temperatures have increased by 1° Celsius. It is predicted that in the next century, the earth will warm between 2 to 6° Celsius on top of the warming of 1° Celsius.
Climate change is nothing new for the earth, just look at the end of the ice age. The difference is however, while the end of the ice age happened over a span of 5000 years, is now happening with the same intensity but over the span of 100 years. All thanks to humankind.
The earth is under pressure, with water levels rising rapidly, extreme weather such as heat waves, hurricanes and droughts are more and more common, and as a result around 1/5 of all plants and animals have become extinct over the past century.
We have to act, and we have to act fast.
In 2018 the IPCC reported that in order to keep the warming below 1,5° Celsius this century, CO2 emissions have to be cut by 45% by 2030. This means that politicians all over the world have until the end of next year to come up with a solid plan.
So what are we waiting for?
With 18% of America's population either denying climate change or being under the belief that it is not the fault of humans according to recent polls, it's time to educate and get educated.
Some of the easiest changes, can make the biggest differences, as long as we all realise that we are in the same boat, and need to act together.