How To Get Free Condoms For Earth Overshoot Day

Mindy Sparks
August 3, 2018

This Earth Overshoot Day, the Center for Biological Diversity and Global Footprint Network will distribute more than 10,000 free endangered species condoms in 10 US cities with the largest carbon footprint to encourage Americans to have safe sex.

Humankind is using resources more quickly than the Earth can replenish them, and August 1 is an important date to illustrate that.

Earth Overshoot Day, the institute explained, marks the day in a given year when humanity's demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what the planet can regenerate in that year.

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.

Humanity has overdrawn the planet's annual budget of resources. Cape Town in South Africa is only a year away from running out of water, and many cities in India have already reached that state.

He likened the world's economies to using Earth's future resources to operate in the present and creating a deeper ecological debt.

If everyone cut their food waste in half, shifted to lower carbon diets and consumed world-average calories, overshoot day would be 38 days later.

GFN said if every other family in the world had one child fewer, EOD will move back 30 days by 2050.

Cutting driving by half and replacing one third of auto miles with public transport and the rest by walking and cycling, humanity would move the overshoot date back 12 days.

However in 2015, US-based think tank Breakthrough Institute criticised the EF as a fundamentally flawed indicator as it is calculated based on just one source, carbon dioxide.

In 1970, things weren't so bad at all - overshoot day landed on December 29, just a few days shy of New Year's Day.

Earth overshoot day marks when people have used up the food, timber and other natural products the Earth can sustainably provide, and has absorbed as much carbon emissions as a result of human activity as it can, for the year.

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