Ecological Debt Day, also known as “Earth Overshoot Day”, is the calendar date each year in which the total resources consumed by humanity will exceed the capacity for the Earth to generate those resources that year. It is calculated by dividing the world biocapacity, the number of natural resources generated by the earth that year, by the world Ecological Footprint, humanity’s consumption of the Earth’s natural resources for that year, and multiplied by 365, the number of days in one Gregorian calendar year; expressed as:
[ world biocapacity / world Ecological Footprint ] x 365 = Ecological Debt Day
So, Ecological Debt Day is a big deal. The sad reality is that, on average, Ecological Debt Day has fallen on an earlier day each year.
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Today, I was fortunate enough to come across Issac Asimov’s self proclaimed favorite story: The Last Question.
This is by far my favorite story of all those I have written.
After all, I undertook to tell several trillion years of human history in the space of a short story and I leave it to you as to how well I succeeded. I also undertook another task, but I won’t tell you what that was lest l spoil the story for you.
Now let me tell you what makes this statement quite amazing. Issac Asimov is the author of over 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. [*] He is one of the most prolific science fiction writers to date.
I will provide the original text here as well as the audio book format for your convenience. I suggest that you take the time to read it line by line, not giving in to curiosity and skipping to the end. The story continues to gain momentum the further you read into it and comes to a sensational close.
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