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'Earth Overshoot Day': How Humanity Is Living On Borrowed Time

02 August 2018

Today is Earth Overshoot Day - the date when we (all of humanity) have used more resources from nature than our planet can regenerate in the entire year.

Earth Overshoot Day is the date when humanity's annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth's ecosystems can renew in that year.

Since we only have one, Earth Overshoot Day raises awareness of our consumption level.

Earth Overshoot Day was created by the Global Footprint Network (GFN), an independent think tank that provides research as well as insights into natural resource consumption and tools for making informed, sustainable decisions. The Global Footprint Network started measuring the use of world resources this way in the 1970s.

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This week, August 1, 2018 is a sobering date for human beings.

But while the trend is slowing, they also note that 207 environmental activists were murdered in 2017, "the worst year on record".

To demonstrate how this can be done and to promote new approaches to sustainable business thinking, the company has partnered with Global Footprint Network, the worldwide research organization that is changing how the world manages its natural resources and responds to climate change. This equates to using up 1.7 earths.

Back in 1987 it was on December 19, but it's moved up substantially over time.

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Halve the carbon component of the EF, such as reducing meat consumption. Cape Town in South Africa is only a year away from running out of water, and many cities in India have already reached that state. GFN said it takes 14 times more land to produce a ton of beef than a ton of grain, while pork production requires 1.9 times more.

GFN said if every other family in the world had one child fewer, EOD will move back 30 days by 2050.

The planet has also absorbed as much carbon emissions as a result of human activity as it can for the year. However, it noted that China, with the largest total EF, decreased 0.3 percent from 2013 to 2014.

Megan Leslie, president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada, is available for comment on Earth Overshoot Day and consequences for wildlife in Canada.

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