Green Footsteps

Ecological Footprint, have you heard about that? According to WWF’s (simplest) definition,

…is the amount of the environment necessary to produce the goods and services necessary to support a particular lifestyle.

Planet Earth has an estimated number of resources per person able to be consumed, 1.7 gha (global hectares). But what happens when people from certain countries, with certain needs and lifestyles consume MORE than these 1.7 gha? Then, we reach the “Overshoot Day” earlier! This day, is calculated each year and means that us, humans, have already consumed our “resources” available for that specific year. This year’s results? Well, according to the Overshoot Day Organization,

By August 2, 2017, we will have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year.

Yes, peeps. We are in red numbers now! Now, doing some math, to calculate this number for your country, you need to multiply the amount of days in a year (365) times the result of diving the global biocapacity per person (gha) into the country’s ecological footprint per person. Example, according to Overshoot Day Org’s data… SWEDEN

1.7 gha global biocapacity

7.3 gha Swedish biocapacity

365 days * (1.7/6.5) = 96

This means that if everyone in the world lived like Swedes do, we would finish Earth’s available resources by April 6th (day 96 from the year). Nevertheless, Sweden (as a country) has a higher biocapacity (10.6 gha) than world’s average (1.7 gha).

Too messy to calculate your country’s overshoot day? Click here and find it already calculated in the list! Too lazy to click? Then look down for the top 10 lifestyles that would make the overshoot day come earlier!!! :O

Country Overshoot Day
Luxembourg 17-February
Qatar 19-February
Australia 12-March
Trinidad and Tobago 13-March
Canada 13-March
United States of America 14-March
Kuwait 17-March
Mongolia 25-March
Estonia 30-March
Belgium 1-April

What do you think about it? Don’t forget to comment! 😀

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What’s warm as the Sun and spicy as a jalapeño? My home country México. My name is Fernando and I came to Sweden to study the master’s programme in Sustainable Technology at KTH. Come, join me to learn and understand the importance of having a sustainable lifestyle, and where else to do this than in Sweden?