This Earth Overshoot Day, Make a Difference!

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On August 19, 2014, humanity exhausted its yearly budget of nature’s sustainable resources — Earth Overshoot Day. The date, which marks our yearly entry into ecological debt, is calculated by measuring the amount of natural resources the earth is capable of producing against humanity’s consumption of those resources.

A decade ago, Earth Overshoot Day took place in October, but has steadily made its way closer to the front of the calendar year. At this rate, future generations won’t even have a budget to work with.

Watch the video to find out more about Earth Overshoot Day, and to learn what you can do to help sustain our planet — check it out!

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.