Germany has already used up this year’s quota of renewable resources

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Excessive consumption and intensive use of natural resources create enormous pressure on the planet Earth.

Humans deplete natural resources and overuse creates a deficit that is difficult to compensate. For years, it has been monitored how much natural resources a country has consumed for the current year, and we are already receiving reports for 2023.

If the whole world lived the way Germany lives, it would already have used up renewable natural resources for the year on May 4. In other words, if everyone consumes resources and produces carbon dioxide at the German pace, three planets are needed for mere maintenance, the environmental and development organization Germanwatch stated on Wednesday, dpa reports.

They refer to data from the American organization Global Footprint Network (GFN), which calculates the so-called Earth Overload Day for each country separately.

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The overload day so premature mainly due to greenhouse gas emissions. The country, however, must also reduce its consumption of raw materials to a sustainable scale.

“The heavy consequences of decades of over-exploitation remain a burden on young and future generations, especially the poor from the Global South,” warned the organization’s political director Christoph Balls, although “they contributed the least to the crisis.”

The most resources per inhabitant in an international comparison are consumed by Qatar, which already “celebrated” Overload Day on February 10.

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