Schneider Electric: 'Let's #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day'

Schneider Electric: 'Let's #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day'

Schneider Electric: 'Let's #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day'

To demonstrate how this can be done and to promote new approaches to sustainable business thinking, the company has partnered with Global Footprint Network, the worldwide research organization that is changing how the world manages its natural resources and responds to climate change. According to the organization, that's "akin to using 1.7 Earths".

GFN warns that "ecological overspending" may result in deforestation, collapsing fisheries, fresh water scarcity, soil erosion, loss of biodiversity and climate change, which includes severe droughts, wildfires and hurricanes.

The use of the Earth's resources is at unprecedented levels, with humans using more and more each year.

Today marks 2018's Earth Overshoot Day - and no, it's not a holiday. "But fires are raging in the Western United States and in Cape Town, South Africa, residents have had to slash water consumption in half since 2015". "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", he said.

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One thing that can be easily done is reduce the consumption of animal calories.

"Globally, we use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate by overfishing, overharvesting forests and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than ecosystems can absorb", Sanedi interim CEO Dr Thembakazi Mali explained, adding that the overshoot is the equivalent of 1.7 Earths.

"These are consequences of busting the ecological budget of our one and only planet".

Despite the grim situation, there are least some potential strong remedies being offered, such as cutting food waste in half, potentially moving the date forward again by 38 days. The EF per person in China also fell by 0.8 percent.

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Phosphorus, which is vital to the growth of plants, is also on the decline.

The overuse of resources is due to an expanding population and increasing consumption rates.

To promote Earth Overshoot Day, Schneider Electric invited attendees to a digital webinar on July 24th, 5 pm CET/ 8 am PST, led by Xavier Houot and Mathis Wackernagel, to discuss new approaches to sustainable business thinking.

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