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What is Ecological Footprint?

The Ecological Footprint is an accounting tool used to measure the land and sea areas humans use to provide what we take from nature, such as timber and paper, seafood, livestock, crops and area needed to absorb our carbon dioxide emissions. On average, humanity would need the regenerative capacity of 1.7 Earths to provide what we need from nature.

But according to analysis of Hong Kong’s Ecological Footprint, we will need 4.2 Earths if everyone adopts Hong Kong’s current lifestyle. Hong Kong’s Ecological Footprint is the second-worst in Asia and ranks 10th globally. 


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Change the Way We Live

To avoid over-consumption of renewable natural resources, we need to start with changes in our daily behaviour. The choices we make can have a considerable impact on our future’s sustainability. Showing retailers and manufacturers that we want sustainable options will generate greater demand and lead to increased supply!
What is Earth Overshoot Day? 
It marks the date when humanity has used up the amount of renewable natural resources that the Earth is able to sustain for the year. 
For 2018, the global community hit that mark on 1 August — the earliest ever – while in Hong Kong, it was even earlier – on 28 March! 

Reduce your Ecological Footprint by adopting new habits





WWF took to the streets in 2018 to see what people think of Earth overshoot. Hong Kong’s Ecological Footprint has since increased to 4.2 Earths