FROM TODAY WE ARE ALL IN DEBT
“Earth Overshoot Day” is the day on which we humans will have consumed all the raw materials on Earth that can regenerate over a period of one year. The Earth Overshoot Day is calculated by Global Footprint Network and is a campaign supported by dozens of other nonprofit organizations. This year, the day is already on July 29, the earliest day ever in the history of mankind.
In other words we’re behaving as though we had the resources of 1.7 planets available to us every year. For the next five months, we will be consuming and producing on credit.
ECOSYSTEMS ARE DETERIORATING RAPIDLY
The latest UNO report and the WWF Living Planet report paints a gloomy picture: ecosystems are deteriorating rapidly. 60 percent of all animal species have disappeared over the last 50 years. In the same period, the rainforests have shrunk by 20 percent. 90 percent of sea birds have plastic waste in their stomachs. And we’re heading for global warming of between three and four degrees centigrade.
The worldwide costs of all environmental damage are estimated to be over 6,000 billion euros. That’s more than 11 percent of global GDP. During the earth’s 4.5-billion-year history there has never been such a rapid human impact on the environment – primarily due to uncontrolled economic growth which takes no account of the planet’s needs.
If we don’t act now, we will have gambled away all the world's resources.
LET US INVEST IN THE FUTURE NOW
Did you know that the leverage of capital is 30 times greater* than the decision as to whether we should for example fly less or eat a vegan diet? Money can do a lot: destroy, heal, feed, exploit. Every investment leaves a footprint, and every investor can decide for himself whether he wants to be part of the problem or part of the solution.
Should I invest in the past, which is responsible for destroying the environment, exploiting resources and bringing about climate change? Or should I invest in future-oriented companies that are leaving a positive footprint for society, the economy and the environment?
Sustainable investments do not preclude returns that reflect market conditions. Smart cities, renewable energies, new forms of mobility, health, nutrition, artificial intelligence – never before has the time been so ripe for investment in a positive future.
Don’t get into debt with our Earth. Get double the returns with the Globalance Bank: both financial and a positive impact on economy, society and the environment.
EARTH OVERSHOOT DAY BY COUNTRY
When is your personal Overshoot Day? How many planets do we need if everybody lives like you? Check it out with the Footprint Calculator of the Global Footprint Network http://www.footprintcalculator.org
In this article we wanted to know how new technologies can save our planet. And we created recommendations for what will we be eating tomorrow, to feed the masses and protect the environment.
*René Schmidpeter, Director of the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management, Cologne Business School, “Save the World and Make a Profit”
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