Finland has used up its annual share of Earth’s resources

Smoke rises from the Hanasaari coal power plant in Helsinki, Finland. On April 5th, Finnish residents used up their share of Earth’s natural resources for the year, according to WWF Finland. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva/via Reuters)
On Friday, 5 April Finnish residents used up their share of Earth’s natural resources, according to WWF Finland.

Over the past few years, Earth Overshoot Day has fallen in August. This means Finns overdraw on nature’s budget four months earlier than the global average.

“Our current overconsumption is totally unsustainable from the standpoint of nature. Finns draw on borrowed environmental resources for the rest of the year,” said Liisa Rohweder, CEO of WWF Finland.

Earth Overshoot Day signifies when people have consumed more from nature than the planet can renew.

Energy and food production as well as transport are the main factors underlying Finland’s environmental overshoot, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Northern Canada warming at three times the global rate, report finds, CBC News

Finland: Can Finland’s forests withstand Chinese-driven growth?, Yle News

Norway: Temperatures on Svalbard have been above normal for 100 straight months, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Warmest winter ever on the Northern Sea Route, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden ‘too slow’ in meeting emissions goals: climate report, Radio Sweden

United States: 2018 was the 4th-warmest year on record, NOAA and NASA reveal, CBC News

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