May 19 marks the ecological deficit day of Greece. The nation’s demand for food, timber and carbon dioxide absorption now exceeds what the nation’s ecosystems can renew over the full year, according to Global Footprint Network’s 2015 National Footprint Accounts. It would take 2.6 Greeces to support Greek residents’ Ecological Footprint.
When a nation like Greece is in ecological deficit it meets demand by importing, liquidating its own ecological assets and/or using the global commons by emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. See how much nature Greece has and how much its residents use in the figure below: