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Ottawa, July 29 (Canadian-Media) Earth Overshoot Day (EOD) is being observed today all over the world, media reports said.
World Overshoot Day. Image credit: Pinterest
EOD marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year.
This year the world is observing the EOD much earlier, three months earlier than 20 years ago.
Earth Overshoot Day is hosted and calculated by Global Footprint Network (GFN), an international research organization that provides decision-makers with a menu of tools to help the human economy operate within Earth’s ecological limits and promotes real-world solutions that that accelerate the transition to one-planet prosperity
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. World Wide Fund (WWF), the world’s largest conservation organization, has participated in Earth Overshoot Day since 2007.
Earth Overshoot Day is not just one special day of the year. It is an effort to celebrate biocapacity, our planet’s biological power to regenerate life. This primary productivity of nature is the source for all life, including human life.
With rising relevance of biocapacity and how we manage determines humanity’s future as we face the daunting challenges of climate change and resource constraints.
Understanding biocapacity’s relevance enables us to better understand how to design cities and economies with significantly higher chances of long-term success. This, and more, is explained in Ecological Footprint: Managing Our Biocapacity Budget.
This book demonstrates how ecological overshoot is shaping the 21st century and shows that the only path forward, for humanity’s sake, is to run our economies on nature’s regeneration, not on natural capital liquidation.
And we emphasize that it can be done. The key tool for the job is Footprint and biocapacity accounting, applied to countries, cities and companies.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)