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Today is Overshoot Day which is a day that really makes you realise how badly we are treating mother earth. 

What do you think we can do, if anything, to improve this situation? Can we be able to live within the means of our planet?

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Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. We maintain this deficit by liquidating stocks of ecological resources and accumulating waste, primarily carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Earth Overshoot Day is hosted and calculated by Global Footprint Network, an international think tank that coordinates research, develops methodological standards and provides decision-makers with a menu of tools to help the human economy operate within Earth’s ecological limits.

To determine the date of Earth Overshoot Day for each 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), and multiplying by 365, the number of days in 2017:

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

Measuring Ecological Wealth

Just as a bank statement tracks income against expenditures, Global Footprint Network measures a population’s demand for and ecosystems’ supply of resources and services. These calculations then serve as the foundation for calculating Earth Overshoot Day.

On the supply side, a city, state, or nation’s biocapacity represents its biologically productive land and sea area, including forest lands, grazing lands, cropland, fishing grounds, and built-up land.

On the demand side, the Ecological Footprintmeasures a population’s demand for plant-based food and fiber products, livestock and fish products, timber and other forest products, space for urban infrastructure, and forest to absorb its carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels.

Both measures are expressed in global hectares—globally comparable, standardized hectares with world average productivity. A hectare is equivalent to 10,000 square meters or 2.47 acres

Each city, state or nation’s Ecological Footprint can be compared to its biocapacity. If a population’s demand for ecological assets exceeds the supply, that region runs an ecological deficit. A region in ecological deficit meets demand by importing, liquidating its own ecological assets (such as overfishing), and/or emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

At the global level, ecological deficit and overshoot are the same, since there is no net import of resources to the planet.

History

The concept of Earth Overshoot Day was first conceived by Andrew Simms of the UK think tank New Economics Foundation, which partnered with Global Footprint Network in 2006 to launch the first global Earth Overshoot Day campaign. At that time, Earth Overshoot Day fell in October. WWF, the world’s largest conservation organization, has participated in Earth Overshoot Day since 2007.  

From http://www.overshootday.org/about-earth-overshoot-day/

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3 hours ago, Chicopingo said:

Today is Overshoot Day which is a day that really makes you realise how badly we are treating mother earth. 

What do you think we can do, if anything, to improve this situation? Can we be able to live within the means of our planet?

I think it's very much possible to live within the means of our planet. We have the technology and the knowledge to create sustainable cities and production systems. What we lack is the awareness and political will to transform our societies. We really must understand the importance of global and local climate action and the de-carbonisation of our economies, while we also focus on using our renewable resources more sustainable than we currently do. That means we need to change our lifestyle and reduce our wasteful consumption levels  - and yes, that means we need to make some drastic changes (almost revolutionary changes) to our way of life. Becoming a vegetarian or a vegan is a good start.

3 hours ago, Holymacaroni said:

I joined this club just to ask what the meaning is with this day and why you think it's so important?? Honest question by the way! No trolling.

Earth Overshoot Day marks the day when we will have used more resources from nature than what our planet can renew in the whole year. Once we pass Earth Overshoot Day we are borrowing resources from 2018 - and yes, that means we are literally consuming our children's resources.

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And Earth Overshoot Day happens earlier every year. In 2007, just ten years ago, Earth Overshoot Day took place on the 6th of October. Our ecological footprint, especially in the West, is extreme and unsustainable at our current pace. Our natural resources, like trees and fish, continues to shrink, while our waste, primarily carbon dioxide, accumulates.

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I believe we should try to change our living habits when it comes to burning fossil fuels not because I consider myself on the Global Warming bandwagon but because there's no real negative aspect to properly implementing green energy and clean air. I think it's best we all learn ways to reduce our footprint and I don't think it has to be by drastic changes. Small things like not leaving the water run while you brush your teeth, to turning lights off when they're not in use, and idling your car less if possible; can make a big difference in the long run if you ask me.

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6 hours ago, GamerGuy said:

I believe we should try to change our living habits when it comes to burning fossil fuels not because I consider myself on the Global Warming bandwagon but because there's no real negative aspect to properly implementing green energy and clean air. I think it's best we all learn ways to reduce our footprint and I don't think it has to be by drastic changes. Small things like not leaving the water run while you brush your teeth, to turning lights off when they're not in use, and idling your car less if possible; can make a big difference in the long run if you ask me.

Sure I'm with you on this one. None of those things are bad so why not just do it? Why do some people refuse?

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8 hours ago, Holymacaroni said:

Sure I'm with you on this one. None of those things are bad so why not just do it? Why do some people refuse?

That reminds me of this comic:

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