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Ecocentricity Blog: The Prodigal Species

By: John A. Lanier
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We have a problem with excessive consumption. Our species has become prodigal, and we are spending not just our inheritance, but that of countless generations yet to come.

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We have a problem with excessive consumption. Our species has become prodigal, and we are spending not just our inheritance, but that of countless generations yet to come.

The Earliest Earth Overshoot Day. Ever.

Xavier Houot, SVP Safety, Environment, Real Estate
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In 2018, Earth Overshoot Day fell on August 1. The earliest ever.

One-planet Prosperity: The Business Case for Addressing 'Earth Overshoot'

by Mathis Wackernagel, President Global Footprint Network, Xavier Houot, Senior Vice President Schneider Electric and Terry A’Hearn
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Aug. 1, marks this year’s Earth Overshoot Daythe day of the year by which humanity has exhausted its annual resource budget. Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 1, humanity used more from nature than the planet’s ecosystems are able to renew in the entire year.

Running out of planet is a risk. And we believe the answer is "one-planet prosperity." What does this mean?

Earth Overshoot Day: How BOLD Ideas Help to Move the Date

by Esther Finidori and Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D.
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Why August 1st?

One day of the year has started to appear earlier and earlier on the calendar: Earth Overshoot Day. This year falls on August 1st. Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth’ s ecosystems can renew in that year. What does this date mean?

Dell Looks at Earth Overshoot Day

by Stephen Roberts, Sustainability Strategist
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Every two weeks I get a paycheck (thanks, Michael!). Money comes in, and money goes out. Some goes to savings/retirement, and the rest is what I live off of today. Sometimes I need to use credit to pay for a big purchase, and then I wind up paying it back each month. I’m guessing you’re familiar with this drill.

If I spend more than I bring in every month, eventually I’m going to have a problem.

INFOGRAPHIC | How to Minimize Your Ecological Footprint

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According to Global Footprint Network, an international research organization that has pioneered the Ecological Footprint resource accounting metric, humanity is currently using nature 1.7 times faster than our planet’s ecosystems can regenerate. On August 1, humanity will have used nature’s resource budget for the entire year and this year, it will be the earliest since the world went into ecological overshoot in the 1970s,

Earth Overshoot Day: Save the Date to Save the Planet

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Humanity is currently using nature 1.7 times faster than our planet’s ecosystems can regenerate. On August 1, humanity will have used nature’s resource budget for the entire year, according to Global Footprint Network, an international research organization that has pioneered the Ecological Footprint resource accounting metric. Since the world went into ecological overshoot in the 1970s, D-day of August 1 this year will be the earliest.

How to Be Profitable and Sustainable Operating with Finite Resources

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On August 1, humanity will have used nature's resource budget for the entire year, according to Global Footprint Network, an international research organization. This date is called Earth Overshoot Day - the date when humanity's annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth's ecosystems can renew in that year. Earth Overshoot day is the earliest since 70’s, but there are alternatives to bring it back to track.

How Sustainability Initiatives Can #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day

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On August 1, humanity will have used nature’s resource budget for the entire year, according to Global Footprint Network, an international research organization that has pioneered the Ecological Footprint resource accounting metric. The Ecological Footprint adds up all of people’s competing demands for productive areas, including food, timber, fibers, carbon sequestration, and accommodation of infrastructure. Currently, carbon emissions make up 60 percent of humanity’s Ecological Footprint.

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