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Overshoot day 2019

It was at the initiative of the party dei Greng, member of the government coalition, that May 9, the day of Europe, was announced a holiday in Luxembourg. The next day, the EU as a whole reached its "overshot day" which corresponds to the date of the year, calculated by the American NGO Global Footprint Network, from which the population (European in this case) is supposed to have consumed its share of all the resources that the planet is able to regenerate in one year. While the EU population represents only 7% of the world's population, Europeans alone use 20% of the Earth's biocapacity.

Photo by Louis Maniquet on Unsplash

But if globally this day was estimated at August 1 in 2018, Luxembourg holds the enviable world record: February 16 in 2019, only 46 days after the beginning of the year. Isn't it maybe time to question the ecological price of our way of life?

In a similar fashion, this is another staggering illustration of the ecological impact of our permanent concern for the growth rate, and for instance the still impressive 6.6% of China, though in decline: see here the photos of Lu Guang: This herald of the environmental mismanagement of his country was thrown into jail last December.


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