Alarm as Earth Reaches ‘Overshoot Day’ on July 28: NGOs


In 2020, the date has been pushed back three weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, before returning to pre-pandemic levels.

The load is not evenly distributed. If everyone had lived like an American, the date would have fallen even earlier, March 13, Wackernagel said.

The two NGOs point the finger at the food production system and its “significant” environmental footprint.

“In total, more than half of the planet’s biocapacity (55 percent) is used to feed humanity,” the two NGOs said.

“Much of the food and raw materials are used to feed animals and animals that are consumed afterwards,” said Pierre Cannet of WWF France.

In the EU, “63 percent of arable land … is directly related to livestock production,” he said.

“Agriculture contributes to deforestation, climate change through greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, while using a significant amount of freshwater,” the NGOs said.

Based on scientific advice, they argue for a reduction in meat consumption in rich countries.

“If we could cut meat consumption in half, we could push the date of the exceedance by 17 days,” said Laetitia Mailhes of the Global Footprint Network.

“Reducing food waste would reduce the date by 13 days, which is not unimportant,” she added, as a third of the world’s food is wasted.

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