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Hungary has passed its Earth Overshoot Day on the 8th of June according to the WWF. To become more eco-friendly, we have to reduce ecological footprints and achieve a more sustainable lifestyle.

Earth Overshoot Day shows the day humanity’s consumption exceeds Earth’s capacity to regenerate all the resources that were used up that year. If everyone on the planet would live like a Hungarian, it would be the 8th of June. To put it in perspective, the United States passed this day on the 14th of March and China on the 7th of June. If Hungary would like to continue this lifestyle we would need 2/3 of Earth to do it.

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As part of the sustainable transport developments in Szeged, a new project is showing citizens what kind of future awaits them if they continue their everyday lives without change and allow global warming to have an increasingly devastating effect on the city. Szeged Vision first projects a grim future with the help of graphic artists […]Continue reading

“If we want to keep the 1.5 degrees Celsius warming limit, we need drastic changes. We need to step out of our comfort zone, which is never an easy task,” Ádám Harmat, WWF Hungary Head of Climate Change Program said.

WWF tries to help anyone who wishes to reduce their consumption to make this step with their new application (WWF Léptem). The mobile application first calculates the current ecological footprint of the user, then gives them tips and “challenges” in order to become more sustainable. The program is available currently on android and soon coming to iOS too.

In a recent Facebook post, the Hungarian National Bank also drew attention to the importance of reducing our ecological footprint. They stated that the NB is committed to ecological sustainability and described their two current programs.

Hungary Bans Some Single-Use Plastics from July 1
Hungary Bans Some Single-Use Plastics from July 1

For example, to discourage use of bags made with conventional plastic, their product fee will be raised to around 5 forints per bag.Continue reading

To help other financial institutions, they launched the Green Program (Zöld Program) in 2019, which intends to provide a favorable regulatory environment to promote sustainable operations and the introduction of green financial products.

Moreover, the National Bank is also taking a role in providing education to promote conscious consumer decision-making. At the end of 2020, they launched the Family Green Finance program (Családi Zöld Pénzügyek), which aims to draw attention to the fact that the correct management of finances can also be done with the interests of the environment in mind.

Featured photo illustration by Zsolt Czeglédi/MTI


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