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Earth overshoot day isn't one of those fun holidays, like International cat day or squirrel appreciation day. Instead, it's a depressing reminder that we humans are living well beyond our means. August 8th 2016 marked the point when humanity as a whole used up the resources needed to live sustainably for a year.........................

OVERSHOOT DAY is a red light warning of trouble ahead - and it is flashing five days earlier than it did last year (Auf. 13); eleven days earlier than the year before (Aug. 19).

see end of this article for 'kid's challenge 2016/17!

How is Overshoot Day calculated?  Earth Overshoot Day (EOD) is calculated by dividing the planet's biocapacity (the amount of ecological resources Earth is able to generate that year), by humanity's Ecological Footprint (humanity's demand for that year), and multiplying by 366, the number of days in 2016: (Planet's Biocapacity/Humanity's Ecological Footprint) x 365= Earth Overshoot Day.

What can the average inhabitant in Europe do? One way is to join the 'Pledge for the planet' campaign and help reverse the trend of overshooting our planet's resources. Here are 6 pledges.


                                                           PLEDGE 1:

              Host a vegetarian dinner party - also a good way to get to know people and invite                                               people who don't often come to church......

 It takes 14 times as much biologically productive land to produce 1 ton, or 907 kilograms, of beef as it takes to produce 1 ton of grain. It takes 1.9 times as much biologically productive land to produce 1 ton of pork than it takes to produce 1 ton of grain.

Furthermore, global livestock is responsible for 9% of all anthropogenic carbon emissions, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. To put it bluntly, reducing meat consumption is a great way to reduce our Ecological Footprint.

LOOK AT YOUR DIET. How often can you choose a vegetarian alternative to that steak, burger or roast?


                                                           PLEDGE 2:
                       Lower your household enegy consumption

Household power consumption makes up 36% of the total electricity use in the USA, 33% Europe and 20% in Asia. Because electricity is still mostly generated from non-renewable sources, it is responsible for 38% of the global carbon Footprint.

What can you do to lower your electricity use? How about that thermostat? Depending on where you live, space heating or cooling can make up a significant portion of the average household energy consumption.

! We can all learn to turn off unwanted lights etc.......!


                                                            PLEDGE 3:

        Is your country an ecological creditor or debtor? Become a natural resource expert...

How many Earths would we need if everyone in the world lived the average lifestyle in your country? Does your country have an ecological deficit or reserve? Which country has the largest carbon Footprint?

In the UK it is 3.8 countries which are needed to meet the demands of its citizens. In Germany 2.3; in France 1.7 The world as a whole needs 1.6 worlds!  Go to Global Footprint Network National Footprint Accounts 2016 to see these and other results as well as a lot more interesting information!


                                                              PLEDGE 4:

                             Pick a day to telecommute or take alternative transportation


Cars are responsible for 19.7% of the global carbon Footprint. How do you commute to work? Do your specific circumstances afford you alternatives to driving?


                                                               PLEDGE 5:

                              Illustrate your commitment to tread lightly on the Earth

We (the global population) use 1.6 times the natural resources that our planet can renew. That's right, we're depleting our natural capital.... thereby shrinking the ability of nature to regenerate what we need to feed ourselves, clothe our bodies and put a roof over our head.

In reality, many of us consume way more resources than we need for food, clothing and shelter - in large part because of the type of economy we live in. How can we live simpler, more fulfilling lives?


                                                                PLEDGE 6:

                              Reduce your paper waste both collectively and at home!

The belief that computers and mobile-devices would make our modern world paperless has famously been proven wrong. In fact, paper still makes up 12.9% of the global forest products Footprint, which is equivalent to 5% of our planet's forest biocapacity.

How much paper do you use? What about those bills that are available online anyway? Or those printouts at work that barely get a glance from anyone before being shoved in a corner or in the bin? What can you do in your world to reduce paper waste? Organise an awareness campaign in the office? Enroll friends and colleagues on moving to electronic payments and billing? Other ideas?

For more information go to: http:www.overshootday.org/take-action/pledge-for-the-planet




for some great ideas: check out...

www.earthsaversclubforkids.com        not just for kids!
Are you up for a CHALLENGE?
Calling all chaplaincies with kids work.... Let me know what ideas you come up with - and put into action - send me your photos. The best will be published in the Anglican European Magazine!
Elizabeth Bussmann  Environment Officer

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