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Germany has already exceeded its annual ecological limits

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🗞️ Driving the news: Germany has exceeded its sustainable consumption limits for the year in just over four months, according to the Global Footprint Network
• If everyone in the world consumed like Germans, humanity would need three Earths to sustain its consumption

🔭 The context: Overshoot days highlight how countries' demands exceed the Earth's capacity to regenerate resources
• In comparison, Germany's overshoot date in 2024 is one day earlier than last year, indicating increased overconsumption
• Despite this, countries like Cambodia and Madagascar continue to remain below their limits

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Germany's overconsumption impacts both global ecosystems and the Global South, where environmental degradation and climate change effects are felt
• Meat production and imports contribute significantly to this overuse, with 138,000 hectares of tropical forest destroyed from 2016 to 2018 due to Germany's imports alone

⏭️ What's next: Environmental organizations are calling for a shift towards sustainability
• Germanwatch urges a "new debt brake" in relation to overloading the Earth, while BUND calls for a comprehensive resource protection law for various sectors
• The Happy Planet Index emphasizes that increased consumption does not equate to increased happiness

💬 One quote: "The German Earth Overshoot Day is a reminder to change the underlying conditions in all sectors now so that sustainable behavior becomes the new normal" (Aylin Lehnert of Germanwatch)

📈 One stat: Germany's overconsumption led to the destruction of 138,000 hectares of tropical forest between 2016 and 2018

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