Monday, October 09, 2006

Ecological overshoot day

Chard, originally uploaded by CharlesFred.

An environmental organisation in the US has calculated, probably as a stunt, that today, 9th October, is environmental overshoot day, the day of the year on which we, as humans, have consumed what the bworld can fairly offer us in a year. This means that whatever we consume from now on, we are eating into the world's reserves. Of course, as each year goes by this days becomkes earlier and earlier.

It is similar ot the tax break-even day, the day, usually in June or May, where we have worked enough to pay all the income taxes and the day we can start working for ourselves... those who have a job, that it.

In the meantime, I feel allotments should be encouraged, like the one my Mum has, producing potatoes, beans, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sweet corn, cabbage, brussels sprouts and so on.


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