Touch the Soil News #433
With satellite technology and high-speed information, activists and scientists are sorting through tons of data to determine the Earth’s bio-capacity. Estimates now run that it would take 1.5 Earths to sustain present-day consumption patterns.
Out of this information the day is determined every year when the world “overshoots” its bio-capacity and runs on an ecological deficit the remainder of the year. That day for 2016 is August 8, 2016 http://www.overshootday.org/
Since agriculture is one of the largest drivers of bio-capacity use, the availability of farmland will no doubt be in public debates more often.
From August 8 through December 31 – 145 days – the world will be using resources that belong to the future and whose consumption is unsustainable.
In a related effort, individual nations have calculated when their ecological footprint exceeds their bio- capacity. Over 110 nations have calculated their “overshoot” day. The small city-nation of Singapore estimates it has exceeded its bio-capacity by January 2nd, Israel by January 25th. Following are dates when some of the largest nations exceed their bio-capacity:
Japan – March 7
U.K. – April 30
China – May 14
Germany – June 21
Mexico – June 28
India – June 30
U.S.A. – July 14
France – September 15
Following is an informative video on Earth’s bio capacity and how new environmental balance sheets will help governments decide what are the best options: