Earth Overshoot Day marks the day each year by which people have used more natural resources than the Earth can regenerate in a single year. It’s basically a balance sheet for global accounting. When you start to spend more than you earn, it does not become immediately apparent. But, eventually, you go bankrupt. carbon emissions are getting worse.
“By putting carbon in the larger context of resources, the self-interest becomes more apparent,” Wackernagel said. “Really, your country is more like a farm. Are you sure you can maintain your metabolism if the resources are not available?”
The United States is an outsized user of natural resources, using about 1.9 times the amount of natural resources its section of the Earth regenerates.