Today, August 20th 2013, we have spent our entire budget for the year. This Earth Overshoot Day is two days earlier than in 2012. From now on we will be drawing down more resources and emitting more pollution than our planet can handle.
For another 133 days, to be precise.
Imagine if this was the case with our finances. If from now on we had to live entirely on borrowed money, if we spent 1/3rd more than we earned year-in year-out and our debts were rising, not falling. We would rightly be worried. Time to get serious about resource efficiency.