Today on August 8th 2016, humanity has used up nature’s budget for this entire year. From an ecological perspective, this “Earth Overshoot Day” literally marks the day on which we live out of proportion.
And what does „Earth Overshoot Day“ exactly mean?
On www.overshootday.org the “Earth Overshoot Day“ is explained as the following:
„From January 1st until August 8th, humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. This is possible because we emit more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than our oceans and forests can absorb, and we deplete fisheries and harvest forests more quickly than they can reproduce and regrow.”
Astonishingly is the development since 1987, where the Earth Overshoot Day was on December 19th. Since 2009, the developed slowed down, which is not least due to the awareness creation. However, we now arrived at the beginning of August
. After 221 days, which corresponds to 60% of the year, we have already used up our planet and would have to live from the “resource credit card” for the remaining year.
Everyone can imagine what this means. To further illustrate: we would need the Earth 1.6 times in order to continue living like our current living standards.
And how is this day determined?
The research organization Global Footprint Network calculates the day by dividing the world biocapacity (the amount of natural resources generated by Earth that year), through the world’s ecological footprint, namely humanity’s consumption of Earth’s natural resources for one year.
And what does this mean for the individual?
To ensure that everyone and our children can continue to use our planet, the global campaign “Pledgefortheplanet” by www.overshootday.org invites to actively counteract climate change and contribute by making own daily life adjustments. With the hashtag #pledgefortheplanet one can make a promise and share selfies on social media
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. Suggestions from them are for example:
- Invite to a vegetarian dinner
- Reduce energy consumption in the household
- Reduce paper consumption
Of course there a many other ways to minimize one’s own resource usage. www.overshoot.org is a good platform to find out more. Also one could calculate the personal ecological footprint and also learn how to reduce it via www.footprintcalculator.org.
And what is PALFINGER doing?
The responsibility for tomorrow is a high priority at PALFINGER. Besides quality and safety relevant criteria, the environment is also considered when it comes to our production and products. Accordingly, energy efficiency as well as climate protection throughout the production process are of relevance. We are aware of our ecological responsibility and have set ourselves the goal to continuously manage resources in an economically and efficiently way, to actively contribute to climate protection and to optimize the energy consumption on an ongoing basis.
Find out more in our blog article about the sustainability field “Eco-efficiency in Production”.