Saturday, August 13, 2016

Regenerative Capacity

Last Monday, 221 days into the year, Earth Overshoot Day was reached.

Earth Overshoot Day occurs on the computed number of days into a year that human consumption exceeds the regenerative biocapacity of the biosphere.

Earth Overshoot Day =Earth’s Biocapacityx 365
Humanity’s Ecological Footprint

For the remainder of 2016, demand outstrips supply.
"Humanity is living off its ecological credit card."
Mathis Wackernagel, founder of the Global Footprint Network
Ecological footprint is the aggregated area of land and sea needed to supply resources to a human population. The Global Footprint Network estimates that, as of 2007, humans consume natural capital 1.5 times faster than it's renewed.

by Bob MacNeal

"The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men's apples and head their cabbages."
Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac, 1650