Our special days for the season seem to take place appropriately. Thanksgiving arrives at the height of autumn beauty which lends, I think, to a more grateful heart enhanced by the sheer beauty of our surroundings and the appreciation of family, friends and bountiful harvest. November brings us Remembrance Day, such a significant day, especially this year marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. It’s a day to pay homage to those who have fought to keep our country free and strong and to bring awareness to those who have compromised their own well-being – mentally and/or physically – for all of us. It is a day that is ever-evolving. We learn more and more about the Great Wars and the incredible sacrifices made by our grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ generations all for us and generations to follow. It is beyond comprehension. And the fact that war and peace-keeping continue to be necessary, taking place and costing lives still today on a daily basis around the world is unbelievable when we know, only too well, the consequences. It is so important to honour and acknowledge our military, past and present… one day seems hardly enough, but we can keep them in our prayers year ‘round and support them in many other ways. (*Be sure to read Doug Phillips’ article on page 16 about Armistice Day.)
“Earth Overshoot Day (EOD), previously known as Ecological Debt Day (EDD), is the calculated illustrative calendar date on which humanity’s resource consumption for the year exceeds Earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources that year. Earth Overshoot Day is calculated by dividing the world biocapacity (the amount of natural resources generated by Earth that year), by the world ecological footprint (humanity’s consumption of Earth’s natural resources for that year), and multiplying by 365, the number of days in one Gregorian common calendar year:World Biocapacity/World Ecological Footprint X 365 = Earth Overshoot Day
When viewed through an economic perspective, EOD represents the day in which humanity enters an ecological deficit spending. In ecology the term Earth Overshoot Day illustrates the level by which human population overshoots its environment. In 2018, Earth Overshoot Day is on August 1.
Earth Overshoot Day is calculated by Global Footprint Network and is a campaign supported by dozens of other nonprofit organizations. Information about Global Footprint Network’s calculations and national Ecological Footprints are available online.
Date of EOD on the release yearYear Overshoot Date1987 December 191990 December 71995 November 212000 November 12005 October 202010 August 212011 August 272012 August 222013 August 202014 August 192015 August 132016 August 82017 August 22018 August 1
Andrew Simms of UK think tank New Economics Foundation originally developed the concept of Earth Overshoot Day. Global Footprint Network, a partner organization of New Economics Foundation, launches a campaign every year for Earth Overshoot Day to raise awareness of Earth’s limited resources. Global Footprint Network measures humanity’s demand for and supply of natural resources and ecological services. Global Footprint Network estimates that in less than eight months, we demand more renewable resources and CO2 sequestration than what the planet can provide for an entire year.
Throughout most of history, humanity has used nature’s resources to build cities and roads, to provide food and create products, and to release carbon dioxide at a rate that was well within Earth’s budget. But by the early 1970s, that critical threshold had been crossed: Human consumption began outstripping what the planet could reproduce. According to Global Footprint Network’s calculations, our demand for renewable ecological resources and the services they provide is now equivalent to that of more than 1.5 Earths. The data shows us on track to require the resources of two planets well before mid-2000-century.
Advocates for Earth Overshoot Day note that the costs of ecological overspending are becoming more evident over time. Climate change — a result of greenhouse gases being emitted faster than they can be absorbed by forests and oceans — is the most obvious result and widespread effects. Other cited effects include: shrinking forests, species loss, fisheries collapse, higher commodity prices and civil unrest.”(Read more at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
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