Thursday, June 15, 2017

World Overshoot Day Aug 3

Most people know that humans are putting pressure on the environment. But one measurement puts a date on it, the day each year when we exceed the productive capacity of the earth.

From January 1 to August 2, the world’s 7.5 billion people will have used as much of Earth’s biological resources—or biocapacity—as the planet can regenerate in a year. During the remaining five months of 2017, our human consumption will be drawing down Earth’s reserves of fresh water, fertile soils, forests, and fisheries, and depleting its ability to regenerate these resources as well as sequester excess carbon released into the atmosphere.

This article has four actions we need to do to address this....but the comment about "half a child" is jarring!

http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/we-will-soon-be-using-more-than-the-earth-can-provide-20170614

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