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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:14 AM
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Ecological Debt Day- October 9th
Planet enters 'ecological debt'


Rising consumption of natural resources means that humans began "eating the planet" on 9 October, a study suggests. The date symbolised the day of the year when people's demands exceeded the Earth's ability to supply resources and absorb the demands placed upon it. The figures' authors said the world first "ecological debt day" fell on 19 December 1987, but economic growth had seen it fall earlier each year. The data was produced by a US-based think-tank, Global Footprint Network. The New Economics Foundation (Nef), a UK think-tank that helped compile the report, had published a study that said Britain's "ecological debt day" in 2006 fell on 16 April. The authors said this year's global ecological debt day meant that it would take the Earth 15 months to regenerate what was consumed this year.


WORLD 'ECOLOGICAL DEBT DAY'
1987 - 19 December
1990 - 7 December
1995 - 21 November
2000 - 1 November
2005 - 11 October
2006 - 9 October
(Source: Global Footprint Network/Nef)

"By living so far beyond our environmental means and running up ecological debts means we make two mistakes," said Andrew Simms, Nef's policy director. "First, we deny millions globally who already lack access to sufficient land, food and clean water the chance to meet their needs. Secondly, we put the planet's life support mechanisms in peril," he added.


'Eco-footprints'

The findings are based on the concept of "ecological footprints", a system of measuring how much land and water a human population needs to produce the resources it consumes and absorb the resulting waste. Global Footprint Network's executive director, Mathis Wackernagel, said humanity was living off its "ecological credit card" and was "liquidating the planet's natural resources". "While this can be done for a short while, overshoot ultimately leads to the depletion of resources, such as forests, oceans and agricultural land, upon which our economy depends," Mr Wackernagel said.

more:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6033407.stm

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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:22 AM
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1. I know a woman who took one of those personal foot print quizzes
& laughs & brags that her family uses 7+ Earths to support their lifestyle. :eyes:
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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:37 AM
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2. Is she one of those "destroy the earth to bring the Rapture" folks?
Some seem to delight in the idea that we are destroying our planet. Others still don't understand just how small and limited it is and can't imagine that we are destroying our ecosystem.
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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:27 AM
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3. No, she's not one of those, but is probably in the second category.
I think she was embarrassed by it & laughing about it is her way to shrug it off. That way she never has to question the excessiveness of her lifestyle. My personal score was 2.3 Earths, so I have excessiveness to deal with, too. :eyes:

I think there are tons of Americans who would be shocked at how extravagant their consumption is. We live a lifestyle we don't even think twice about.

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