If everyone were like Europeans, the Earth’s annual reserves would be exhausted on May 10

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If everybody in the world would live like an average European resident, this year’s resources of nature would be completely exhausted by May 10, and we would need about 2.8 planets to survive – according to the World Conservation Fund (WWF) statement.
According to the data of Global Footprint Network, on the 1st of August last year we passed the date when human consumption exceeds the amount the Earth can reproduce in a year; . In terms of the extent of consumption, this is a global average that shows a different picture from country to country. According to the latest data this year, the European day of overcrowding will be 10 May.
The day of European over-consumption is set by comparing the ecological footprint per capita with the globally available one-person bio-capacity. “If everybody in the world had the same ecological footprint as the average European citizen – for example, emitting the same amount of carbon dioxide, using the same amount of food, fiber and wood and occupying the same number of built-in areas – then mankind would use it as much as 10 May.” from the resources of nature as our planet can renew in a whole year.
Taking into account the European Union’s ecological footprint and its bio-capacity within its borders, ie bio-fertile areas, EU citizens currently use twice as much resources as their ecosystem can renew. The EU population uses almost 20 percent of the Earth’s bio-capacity, including 7 percent of the world’s population. So we would need 2.8 planets if everyone consumed at a pace like an average EU citizen.
This is well above the world average, which corresponds to about 1.7 planets. As a consequence, extreme weather phenomena have cost the European economy since 450 billion euros since 1980, and air pollution causes 430,000 early deaths in Europe every year.
Data show significant differences between Member States’ consumption patterns. Luxembourg is the first EU country to have reached its day of consumption only 46 days after the beginning of the year, while Romania is in the last place because it uses the resources available throughout the year for 192 days. In Hungary, we also exceed the ideal consumption level, because if the whole world were to live like a domestic population, we would need more than two Earths.
As stressed by experts, overloading the planet has led to a drastic decline in biodiversity, and today causes problems such as shrinking fish stocks, water scarcity, soil erosion, air pollution or climate change. And they increase extreme weather conditions, droughts, floods and fires. All of this creates further tensions and conflicts and aggravates global inequality. The report highlights the differences between the ecological footprint of the EU Member States and the rest of the world, and also shows that, although there are great differences between EU countries, one thing is common to all countries: none of them works at a sustainable level.
The report’s message confirms the new scientific report of the Intergovernmental Scientific Panel on the Protection of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which points out, among other things, that up to one million species of animals and plants may die in the next period.
“Our way of life affects the planet. We have no doubt that we have to change. This is needed at both global and local level. If we act today, we can reverse the negative processes, and maybe we have the chance to have clean air, drinking water, food and everything that nature provides for our children, ”said Alexa Antal, communications manager at WWF Hungary.
WWF therefore urges the adoption of a sustainability agreement that would set concrete goals and measures for climate change, nature protection and sustainable development in Europe, to be met in the next five years.

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