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02 May 2018

Germany has depleted its natural resources for 2018 – report

ARD / Germanwatch

The natural resources Germany can use sustainably in 2018 have been consumed entirely as of 2 May, public broadcaster ARD reports, citing calculations by climate action organisation Global Footprint. The fact that the date was reached about one week later than the previous year is due to favourable weather conditions that allowed for lower carbon emissions, the article says.
People in Germany live on the expense of other parts of the world and of future generations, NGO Germanwatch says in a separate press release. “We would need three earths to cover this level of demand sustainably,” the NGO points out. There is no trend reversal in resource consumption in sight, says Germanwatch’s Julia Otten, adding: “The ecologic footprint of this country’s people and economy has to become substantially smaller.” According to NGO Global Footprint, the global “overshoot” day will be reached sometime in August.

Find the article in German here and the press release in German here.

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