Today, September 27, 2011, is Earth Overshoot Day, the day that we scrape the barrel of a year’s worth of eco-services provided by our planet. From the Global Footprint Network:
“Earth Overshoot Day, a concept devised by the U.K-based new economics foundation, (www.neweconomics.org), marks the day when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what the Earth can regenerate in that year. We maintain this deficit by liquidating stocks of resources and accumulating waste, primarily CO2 in the atmosphere.”
In this country, where the focus of late has been the debate about the national financial debt, let’s not forget that our lives and livelihoods depend on the many freebies provided by a functioning planet Earth.
For more information about Earth Overshoot Day you can download their media release here. A fascinating interview with the Executive Director of the Global Footprint Network, Mathis Wackernagel can be heard here (hour-long call-in radio interview on “Your Call” with Rose Aguilar).
If you are not familiar with the concept of your ecological footprint, and curious to see how you measure up, we highly recommend visiting the web site and taking their quiz.