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8 August 2016

Earth Overshoot Day is here and now

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TODAY IS THE

EARTH OVERSHOOT DAY

Humanity used up all the planet’s natural resources for this year

The Earth Overshoot Day is the date when we have exhausted nature’s annual budget. This year it lands on today August 8th, even earlier than the last years. After that date, we will live in the red, having already spent the resources the Earth had for us this year.  This happens because we emit more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than our oceans and forests can absorb, and we deplete fisheries and harvest forests more quickly than they can reproduce and re-grow. Taking more from the nature than what it can provide us with has negative effects. For example, we are experiencing more frequent heat waves here in Hungary and the whole world has less safe drinking water or fish to eat. For that reason, CEEweb for Biodiversity has partnered with the sustainability think-thank Global Footprint Network in the #pledgefortheplanet campaign.

We are inviting individuals and organizations to make a simple pledge such as to host a vegetarian dinner party, reduce paper waste or work from the home office. That way, we are expressing our commitment to lower the overall carbon footprint. We believe that each one of us can make small changes in everyday lives that will generate positive results on a global level.

“The ecological footprint per an individual in Hungary is 2,8 global hectares. For comparison, this number is even higher on the EU level – 4,8 global hectare, but much lower in poorer countries. Mozambique, for instance, has an ecological footprint of 0,9 global ha. That is why the responsibility lies on the developed countries – we have to focus on a sustainable development by using less of natural resources” (Klára Hajdu, CEEweb’s senior policy officer) You can see the examples of our pledges here or here. And a short film was made on this topic too.   [youtube width=”565″ height=”458″]https://youtu.be/_rpvINSV1CU[/youtube]  

See our press release related with that.