Ecological Deficit Day

No April Fool’s Day Joke: The Netherlands’ Ecological Budget Goes Into Red

By April 1, 2015 No Comments

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April 1st marks the ecological deficit day of The Netherlands. 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 four Netherlands to support the Dutch residents’ Ecological Footprint.

When a nation like The Netherlands are 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 The Netherlands have and how much its residents use in the figure below:

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Photo courtesy of Catherine Cunningham/Nature’s Reflection Photography. 20% of net sales from print purchases will be donated to Global Footprint Network with coupon code GFN.