Unfortunate Milestone: Autumn Equinox, 2008

Unfortunate Milestone: Autumn Equinox, 2008

http://www.footprintnetwork.org/gfn_sub.php?content=overshoot

September 23 this year marks an unfortunate
milestone: the day humanity will have used all
the resources nature will generate this year,
according to Global Footprint Network data. Earth
Overshoot Day marks the day when humanity begins
living beyond its ecological means. Beyond that
day, we move into the ecological equivalent of
deficit spending, utilizing resources at a rate
faster than what the planet can regenerate in a
calendar year.

Globally, we now now require the equivalent of
1.4 planets to support our lifestyles. But of
course, we only have one Earth. The result is
that our supply of natural resources — like
trees and fish — continues to shrink, while our
waste, primarily carbon dioxide, accumulates.

http://www.footprintnetwork.org/gfn_sub.php?content=overshoot

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