Finland hits 2018 sustainability limit, says conservation group

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A picture of the Earth, taken by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) in 2015. (NASA/Reuters)
WWF Finland has calculated that Wednesday April 11th is Earth Overshoot Day for the Finns – the point in each calendar year when the consumption of natural resources exceeds the earth’s ability to replace those resources for the current year.

Consumption of natural resources is well above the world average in Finland. If the entire population of the planet consumed natural resources at the same rate as the residents of Finland, we would need 3.6 earths to maintain a sustainable lifestyle.

In Finland, high levels of natural resources are consumed in generating energy, in transport and in food production.

Globally, Earth Overshoot Day this year will fall in early August.

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