In this aerial view a bucket excavator removes top layers of soil and sand from former farmland during expansion of the Garzweiler II open-cast lignite coal mine on April 22, 2022 near Erkelenz, Germany. Garzweiler supplies the nearby Neurath coal-fired power station, which, according to data from 2020, is Europe's second biggest emitter of CO2. Image: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Paris, France: Mankind marks a dubious milestone Thursday, the day by which humanity has consumed all earth can sustainably produce for this year, with NGOS warning the rest of 2022 will be lived in resource deficit.
The date—dubbed "Earth Overshoot Day"—marks a tipping point when people have used up "all that ecosystems can regenerate in one year", according to the Global Footprint Network and WWF.
"From January 1 to July 28, humanity has used as much from nature as the planet can renew in the entire year. That's why July 28 is Earth Overshoot Day," said Mathis Wackernagel, president of the Global Footprint Network.
"A large part 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 associated with animal production", he said.
"Agriculture contributes to deforestation, climate change by emitting greenhouse gases, loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems, while using a significant share of fresh water," the NGOs said.
Based on scientific advice, they advocate reducing meat consumption in rich countries.