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Earth Overshoot Day

On August 8, 2016, we began to use more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year.

19th August 2016

Overharvesting forests and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester is a primary contributor to climate change.

Every year Global Footprint Network calculates the number of days of that year that Earth’s biocapacity suffices to provide for humanity’s Ecological Footprint. The remainder of the year corresponds to global overshoot. Earth Overshoot Day is computed by dividing the planet’s biocapacity (the amount of ecological resources Earth is able to generate that year) by humanity’s Ecological Footprint (humanity’s demand for that year). This ratio is multiplied by 365 to get the date when Earth Overshoot Day is reached:

(Planet’s Biocapacity / Humanity’s Ecological Footprint) x 365 = Earth Overshoot Day

Take the PLEDGE now MORE: http://www.overshootday.org/

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