Earth Overshoot Day - #Movethedate

by: Sara on 07/22/2019

Earth Overshoot Day is July 29th

...the earliest ever

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth’s ecosystems can regenerate in that year. 


What is Your Ecological Footprint?

Ecological Footprint accounting measures the demand on and supply of nature.On the demand side, the Ecological Footprint measures the ecological assets that a given population requires to produce the natural

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resources it consumes (including plant-based food and fiber products, livestock and fish products, timber and other forest products, space for urban infrastructure) and to absorb its waste, especially carbon emissions.On the supply side, a city, state or nation’s biocapacity represents the productivity of its ecological assets (including cropland, grazing land, forest land, fishing grounds, and built-up land). These areas, especially if left unharvested, can also absorb much of the waste we generate, especially our carbon emissions.If a population’s Ecological Footprint exceeds the region’s biocapacity, that region runs an ecological deficit.How many planets do you need? Measure your personal footprint here



Avoid Ecological Bankruptcy

Ecological overshoot is shaping the 21st century.In Ecological Footprint: Managing Our Biocapacity BudgetMathis Wackernagel, co-creator of the Ecological Footprint and president of Global Footprint Network, advises us to run our economies on regeneration, rather than by liquidating the planet.

He explains the key tool for the job – Footprint and biocapacity accounting – and how it applies to companies, cities, and countries. The Ecological Footprint is the only metric that tracks how much nature we have - and how much nature we use.


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