Earth Overshoot Day 2018

A day of traffic restrictions by Mexico City

Cutting driving by half and replacing one third of auto miles with public transport and the rest by walking and cycling, humanity would move the overshoot date back 12 days. Its objective is to highlight the impact of humanity on Earth.

In order to determine the date of an Earth overshoot day the Global Footprint Network, an worldwide think tank, calculates the number of days that Earth's biocapacity - the ability to renew what people use - can support humanity's ecological footprint.

"It's time to end this ecological Ponzi scheme and leverage our creativity and ingenuity to create a prosperous future free of fossil fuels and planetary destruction".

"Our economies are running a Ponzi scheme with our planet", he warned, adding people were using the Earth's future resources in the present day, and digging deeper into "ecological debt". While he says that the rate of our resource consumption continues to slow down, it's still increasing year after year (last year, Earth Overshoot Day fell on August 2). "Our priority is developing solutions for our customers and partners that reflect the growing need of living within the means of our one planet". The exact date started to be tracked in 1987, with the first Earth Overshoot Day being December 19.

GFN said if every other family in the world had one child fewer, EOD will move back 30 days by 2050. In total, livestock is responsible for 9 percent of human-related carbon emissions. That's 1.2 Earths instead of 1.7.

Megan Leslie, president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada, is available for comment on Earth Overshoot Day and consequences for wildlife in Canada.

As part of its mission to address the issues of clean and sustainable energy, the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) will be participating in this year's global Earth Overshoot Day, taking place on August 1, by urging South Africans to check their ecological footprint and be mindful of this where possible. Notable declines were seen in Singapore, the Bahamas, Denmark, United States (US), United Kingdom (UK) and France.

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