Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

How To Get Free Condoms For Earth Overshoot Day

How To Get Free Condoms For Earth Overshoot Day

This was when humans first began overusing the planet's natural resources, according to the Global Footprint Network, which calculates the date.

GFN warns that "ecological overspending" may result in deforestation, collapsing fisheries, fresh water scarcity, soil erosion, loss of biodiversity and climate change, which includes severe droughts, wildfires and hurricanes.

The number gets multiplied by 365 to determine how many days Earth's resources will last at humanity's current rates of consumption.

"Operating in this reality requires creativity and innovation, and companies must rise to the challenge by looking at how to manage natural resources differently, how to measure them more accurately, and how to develop products and processes that use them more efficiently", said Susan Uthayakumar, President, Schneider Electric Canada.

Alarmingly, we have used a year's worth of resources in just seven months!

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One thing that can be easily done is reduce the consumption of animal calories. On the other side of the world, residents in Cape Town have had to slash water consumption in half since 2015. GFN said it takes 14 times more land to produce a ton of beef than a ton of grain, while pork production requires 1.9 times more.

The idea for Earth Overshoot Day originated in 1987 with the Global Footprint Network, which is a think tank centered around sustainable practices.

"These are consequences of busting the ecological budget of our one and only planet". If we cut our use of carbon by 50 percent, we would move the date back 93 days.

Some people might also choose to donate to the campaign. The calculations are based on United Nation data sets from 1961 to 2014 as well as recent scientific research. Notable declines were seen in Singapore, the Bahamas, Denmark, United States (US), United Kingdom (UK) and France. Humans have been hovering in August since 2005, and yet they've still managed to move overshoot day up more than three weeks since then.

The Breakthrough Institute argued that the entire overshoot is actually human emissions of carbon beyond what the ecosystem can absorb.

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