If you're like me you've probably never heard the term "Earth Overshoot Day" until now. Of course we are all well aware of our major footprint on this planet and know that recycling is important, as is using sustainable energy. But it goes beyond that. The World Wildlife Fund contacted me recently to alert me to this important message. I just had to share it with you all. We're all in a position to make better choices and small changes which could impact our world.
Please spread the word as our future depends on it.
“Overshoot Day is a reminder that we are devouring our planet’s future by living far beyond our means. The most important environmental issues of our time – like climate change, disappearing forests, and the loss of species – are driven by the fact that we can’t keep our demand for natural resources in line with the Earth’s supply. "
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While the global recession that began in October '08 slowed humanity's demand for resources, our consumption continues to rise. To avoid economic hardship, resource limits must be at the core of decision-making. Current resource trends already cannot meet the needs of the planet's 7 billion-and grown- population. About 2 billion people lack access to the resources required to meet their basic needs.
Ecological debtors are using more than they have within their own borders. Japan's residents consume the ecological resources of 7.1 Japans. It would take 4 Italys to support Italy. Egypt uses the ecological resources of 2.4 Egypts.
Not all countries demand more than their ecosystems can provide but even the reserves of such "ecological creditors" like Brazil, Indonesia and Sweden are shrinking over time. We can no longer sustain a widening budget gap between what nature is able to provide and how much our infrastructure, economies and lifestyles require.
While economies, populations and resource demands grow, the size of Earth remains the same. Since the '70's, when global ecological overshoot became a reality, we have been drawing down the biosphere's principal rather than living off it's annual interest.
Ecological overshoot is possible only for a limited time before ecosystems begin to degrade and possibly collapse. Impacts of ecological overspending are apparent already in water shortages, desertification, soil erosion, reduced cropland productivity, overgrazing, deforestation, rapid species extinction, fisheries collapse and global climate change.
The good news?
If you're a vegan or vegetarian, you're already doing your part!
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