According to the charity WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature), last year in 2012, we demanded more natural resources in eight months than what it takes the earth 12 months to produce.
For the rest of the year, we lived on resources borrowed from future generations. Falling on August 22nd in 2012, this year ‘Earth Overshoot Day’ has come 2 days earlier than last year, TODAY 20th August 2013. In fact, since 2001, Overshoot Day has moved ahead by an average of 3 days per year.
On a finite planet, we need to change the way we think about everything, but especially about where and how we live, work and travel, along with what and how much we consume. In short, we need to find ways to do more with less.
How BIG is YOUR Environmental Footprint?
Our lifestyle choices make up our environmental footprint. Measuring yours takes less than 5 minutes and could change the way you live: http://footprint.wwf.org.uk
WWF’s Earth Overshoot Day website is also filled with ideas on ways you can help to create a greener world including by buying environmentally-friendly products, reducing your carbon footprint and to better prepare for climate change. Visit the website on: http://worldwildlife.org/pages/overshoot-day
Please share any other ideas you have and let us know what small steps you are taking today to reduce your personal impact on our earth’s precious resources.