Earth Overshoot Day 2015

12 Aug

This year’s overshoot day is tomorrow. 15 years ago, it was in October.

Global ‪overshoot‬ occurs when humanity’s annual demand for the goods and services that our land and seas can provide – fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, wood, cotton for clothing, and carbon dioxide absorption – exceeds what Earth’s ecosystems can renew in a year. Overshoot means we are drawing down the planet’s principal rather than living off its annual interest. This overshoot leads to a depletion of Earth’s life-supporting natural capital and a buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

// via r2b-student