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Turkey's annual natural resource consumption higher than average

Turkey's annual natural resource consumption higher than average

Every year, The Global Footprint Network (GFN) calculates how much of the Earth's resources humans use, from water to air, and the day each year when humans overshoots the planet's ability to annually regenerate itself.

The day is calculated by dividing the world biocapacity (the amount of natural resources generated by the Earth that year) by the world's ecological footprint (consumption of resources by humans).

As part of its mission to address the issues of clean and sustainable energy, the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) will be participating in this year's global Earth Overshoot Day, taking place on August 1, by urging South Africans to check their ecological footprint and be mindful of this where possible.

From Thursday, the group says, we're all living on credit until December 31.

According to GFN, the estimated level of resources and ecosystem services required to support human activities at their current rate equals 1.7 Earths (as humanity uses nature 1.7 times faster than ecosystems can regenerate).

The project started in the early 1970s and has been getting earlier in the year ever since. This year, Overshoot Day came the earliest since 1970, when calculations began, namely on August 1st.

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"It's time to end this ecological Ponzi scheme and leverage our creativity and ingenuity to create a prosperous future free of fossil fuels and planetary destruction". "We are using the Earth's future resources to operate in the present and digging ourselves deeper into ecological debt".

Based on its latest estimate, humanity is now using nature 1.7 times faster than our ecosystem can regenerate, including food, timber, fibre and the absorption of carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels. "We work to see our growth path through the lens of the growing need of living within the means of our one planet".

The organization identified four opportunities that would significantly help reduce our footprint: cities, energy, food and population. Global livestock contributes at least nine percent of manmade carbon emissions.

If we cut our food waste in half, improved our efficiency in food production and consumed world-average calories, we would move the overshoot date back 38 days.

"But fires are raging in the Western United States. These are consequences of busting the ecological budget of our one and only planet", Mathis Wackernagel, head of the Global Footprint Network, said.


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