When it comes to the planet and banking on its future resources, we have been terrible accountants. It’s no surprise that the balance is nothing short of disastrous. This year, besides surprising ourselves with no flying cars and unsophisticated hover boards, we also discovered that we fell tragically short of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). On 18 August, we arrived at Earth Overshoot Day, marking the day at which humanity starts clocking ecological debt for the year.

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