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Overshooting The Earth’s Capacity

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed about overshooting the earth’s capacity and what we can do about it

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

August 2 was Earth Overshoot Day. Unlike Earth Day or Canada Day, it’s not a time to celebrate. As the Earth Overshoot Day website explains, it marks the time when “we will have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year.” That is the definition of unsustainable and means we’re using up the biological capital that should be our children’s legacy. We would require 1.7 Earths to meet our current annual demands sustainably.

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Are we paving over our natural wealth?

Originally Published by the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Ontario Director Faisal Moola

Despite its huge area, Canada has relatively little dependable farmland. After all, a lot of our country is rock, or buried under ice and snow. Fertile soil and a friendly climate are hard to find. So it might seem like good news that on a clear day you can see about half the best agricultural land in Canada from the top of Toronto’s CN Tower. To feed our growing urban populations and sustain local food security, it’s critical to have productive land close to where people live.
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