Wednesday, October 22, 2008

We're in Debt!

So from the title of this post, one might suspect that I'm about to open up about the current economic crisis. Nope - it's the environmental crisis!

Did you know that September 23 was "Earth Overshoot Day" or "Ecological Debt Day"? Apparently I was living in a bubble in late September. So, my blog post is a month late.

To put it simply, this is the day that marks when we've used up an equivalent amount of resources that the Earth can produce in one year. Further consumption (nearly 3.5 months worth) relies on surplus from previous years.

We started going into debt in 1986. By 2008, we are using approximatley 40% more than the Earth can support. Scary thought!

Maybe if every reader of this blog reduces their consumption and passes the reduction bug on like a pyramid scheme or virus, we can push Earth Overshoot Day back a couple of days in 2009? Here's hoping!

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