People have exhausted a year’s supply of the Earth’s resources and started to live «in debt», said the environmentalists

© RIA Novosti / Igor Zarabotalo. Archival photoPeople have exhausted a year’s supply of the Earth’s resources and started to live «in debt», said the environmentalists© RIA Novosti / Igor Zarembo

A day when people completely exhausted the resources of the Earth for 2017 and started to live «in debt», the planet, came on Wednesday, according to the world wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia.

«Today, August 2, it’s ecological debt Day, when people have completely exhausted the resources of the planet in 2017. In the early 2000-ies of the day were in October, but each time he comes earlier. This year people should already 170% of the planet’s resources to meet their basic needs in agriculture, forestry, fishing and absorption of CO2 emissions,» – said in the message.

According to WWF-Russia, 20% of the ecological footprint of Russians account for food and non-alcoholic beverages.

«Food production has a significant impact on the environment, transforming it. In addition, 30% of food worldwide is thrown away – and it’s almost 1.3 billion tons annually. And 50% of the land suitable for plant life, is already occupied by agriculture. If you do not change the food preferences of the people, by 2050 the situation may become critical. The action «Day EKOGALA» is intended to draw attention to the problem of overproduction and waste of food,» said the Fund.

In the overshoot Day, WWF-Russia for the third time organizes the event «the Score from planet Earth» – when you shop in cafes and stores participating in the promotion, customers will receive a check on behalf of the Earth. It is said that in 7 months people have exhausted all biological resources that are allotted to us for the year, and the remaining 5 months are going to borrow from future generations. The campaign theme – sustainable production and consumption of food.

«The global food system is one of the main drivers of the transformation of landscapes and loss of biological diversity in the world. Particularly acute problem in tropical regions of the world where grazing and plantations of soybean and palm oil annually are cut down and burned hundreds of thousands of hectares of virgin forests and savannahs,» – said the chief coordinator of the program «Green economy» WWF Paul Fighting.

Date of ecological debt Day is determined annually by the research organization global footprint network (GFN) on the basis of statistical data UN agencies for the consumption of biological resources and greenhouse gas emissions.

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Kondratyuk Moscow region took the dump five years agoPeople have exhausted a year’s supply of the Earth’s resources and started to live «in debt», said the environmentalists© RIA Novosti / Alexander Kondratyuk Moscow region took the dump five years ago

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