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ADVISORY: WWF-Canada available to comment on earliest-ever Earth Overshoot Day (Aug. 1)

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Toronto, July 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Aug. 1, humanity will have used nature's resource budget for the entire year, according to Global Footprint Network (GFN). This marks the earliest date yet for Earth Overshoot Day — the day humanity's annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth's ecosystems can renew in that year.

Canada's resource use is one of the highest in the world – if we had a national Earth Overshoot Day, it would fall on March 18.

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The estimated level of resources and ecosystem services required to support human activities at their current rate globally equals 1.7 Earths, but that number would be significantly higher if the world's population lived like Canadians.



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Media availability:

Megan Leslie, president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada, is available for comment on Earth Overshoot Day and consequences for wildlife in Canada.

About Earth Overshoot Day:

  • Earth Overshoot Day has moved from late September in 1997 to its earliest date ever this year.
  • It is symbolic of the unprecedented pressure mankind and human activities are putting on nature and its resources.
  • 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).

In Canada:

About World Wildlife Fund Canada

WWF-Canada creates solutions to the environmental challenges that matter most for Canadians. We work in places that are unique and ecologically important, so that nature, wildlife and people thrive together. Because we are all wildlife. For more information, visit wwf.ca.

 

For further information

Rebecca Spring, senior communications specialist, rspring@wwfcanada.org, +1 647-338-6274

 

For more information on Ecological Footprint, methodology and factors driving the ecological overshoot:

Global Footprint Network: amanda.diep@footprintnetwork.org or laetitia.mailhes@footprintnetwork.org.

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