#resource #sustainable development #planetary bounday
Earth Overshoot Day is an initiative of Global Footprint Network, an international research organization that is changing the way the world measures and manages its natural resources. The date is calculated by comparing humanity's total yearly consumption (Ecological Footprint) with Earth's capacity to regenerate renewable natural resources in that year (biocapacity).
The overshoot began in 1970, the date of which was approaching the end of the year (Dec 29th). Sadly this day at which humanity has busted its annual planetary budget has moved gradually forward since then. This year it will be August 1st on world average data, while there are astonishing difference among countries, e.g. Feb 9th for Qatar v.s. Dec 21st for Vietnam.
We are using 1.7 Earths. We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than ecosystems can absorb. Everybody contributes to and suffers from it in an unfair way - the most vulnerable population generally contributes the least but suffers the most.
Check here to calculate your own ecological footprint. See how many planets we need if everybody lives like you and your personal Overshoot Day. Have a reflection of your life style, your business, and your decision making power. Visit the Earth Overshoot Day website for more tips and join the movement for a truly sustainable development which is well within the planetary boundary.