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Earth Overshoot Day Sep 25

25 September is Earth Overshoot Day in 2009


On September 25, humanity will reach an unfortunate milestone. We will have demanded all the ecological services – from filtering CO2 to producing the raw materials for food – that nature can provide this year, according to data from Global Footprint Network, a research organization that measures how much nature we have, how much we use, and who uses what.

From now until the end of the year, we will meet our ecological demand by depleting resource stocks and accumulating greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.Since the mid 1980s, humanity has been demanding ecological services faster than the planet can regenerate them, a condition known as ecological overshoot. We now use in less than 10 months the amount of resources it takes 12 months for nature to generate, according to Global Footprint Network data.

This Earth Overshoot Day comes just 80 days before world leaders meet at Copenhagen to discuss the most pressing result of human demand on nature: climate change.

Please join Global Footprint Network and fellow partners in using the day as an important opportunity to build media and public awareness of overshoot, its relevancy to climate change and the importance of calling our business and government leaders to action.

Earth Overshoot Day has been set up as an event on Facebook:


Please join the Earth Overshoot Day 2009 event, invite friends to join, and viral market through social media to raise awareness!

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