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OVERSHOOTING THE MARK

We’re pushing our planet to the max — so how can we reduce the strain?

Save The Planet

In 2018, Earth Overshoot Day (overshootday.org) fell on 1st August, marking the day that humanity has used up the Earth’s ecological budget for the year. It’s the date that our ecological footprint — how much we demand from nature — exceeds what the planet can regenerate for an entire year. Think of it as a global eco bank account; for the first seven months of the year the population is using its ‘regular’ salary, but Overshoot Day marks the day all the ‘money’ is used up, causing us to dip into our savings, racking up debts that cannot be repaid. Overshoot Day is calculated to see how sustainably we’re living, and is done so by comparing our ecological footprint to our biocapacity — the amount of biologically productive areas available to produce the resources we need, such as crop and grazing areas. Currently, we are using 1.7 Earths each year.

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Over the past few years we’ve really seen veganism grow — there are more and more options for us to eat in our restaurants and shops, and vegan foods are rightly taking their share of the supermarket aisles. With the huge rise of meat-replacement products it’s never been easier to create exciting and tasty meals. With celebrity chefs like Gaz Oakley and restaurateur Loui Blake bringing veganism to new audiences with their innovative food, eating vegan is becoming a real choice for both vegans and non-vegans. It’s not only our eating habits and choices that are changing and expanding — our options when it comes to clothes and accessories are only getting broader. In this month’s fashion special Fat Gay Vegan looks at how far we’ve come, Jackie Lutz offers advice on building a cruelty-free closet, and we make shopping for your autumn wardrobe easier than ever with our pick of the best vegan products. Despite these positive changes, there’s still a lot to fight for. Melanie James investigates the cruelty behind cosmetic animal testing and we meet vegan photographer Amanda Clark who is telling the stories of beautiful farm animals, who are often cruelly overlooked. We’re really excited to share our inspiring Eco Living supplement with you this month, too. It's packed with ideas and information on some of the most pressing problems facing our planet. From how to live waste-free to the truth about fracking, we hope you’ll feel inspired to make some positive changes. See you next month

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