Saturday, March 31, 2018

Earth Overshoot Day

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Environmental & Science Education
Edward Hessler

I missed posting an important date, August 2, 2017. It is known as Earth Overshoot Day and even though I'm several months late I must say something about it.
Earth Overshoot Day marks the time of year humanity uses "more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester."

Earth Overshoot Day fell earlier in 2017 than ever before. In 2016, it was August 8.

Earth Overshoot Day is an average. There is a revealing graphic of Country Overshoot Days showing where EOD would land if the world's population lived liked (choose a nation).

What these dates mean is that humanity survives and lives on credit until the 31st of the year. The fact that it occurs earlier and earlier each year should be deeply troubling as should be the inequities between countries.

So, where do you think it will fall in 2018?

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