August 21 – Earth Overshoot Day

Posted on August 21, 2013

According to the Global Footprint Network, today is the day that the human race has used up our year's quota of renewable resources. The Earth cannot replenish
renewable resources as quickly as humans demand them, and it cannot deal with carbon dioxide emissions as quickly as they are...well...emitted! Even ignoring all the non-renewable resources we are using, such as oil and coal, we have now used up our year's supply of renewable resources.

And there is still about one third of the year to go! (132 days left in the year.) We are soooo overdrawn!

Spread the word. Raise awareness. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Switch to solar panels and an electric car.

Many people shrug their shoulders. They feel that environmental problems are way too big, and what they themselves can do is way too small. But lots and lots of small actions add up to something big. I say, do what you can, and don't lose hope!
We don't have a lot of back-up
Earths. So we need to solve
some problems we are making
for the only Earth we've got.

I've been thinking that we (as in all humankind) need to work on two fronts:

  1. Reduce poverty. Studies have shown that reducing poverty also reduces population growth. Of course, people who do NOT live in abject poverty live longer and use more resources per year...but the world will benefit by fewer people yet happier, healthier people.
  1. Train more scientists and engineers. More scientists and engineers mean more knowledge and more inventions and more innovation. I think it is inevitable that some of our environmental problems will be solved with technological solutions, such as carbon-dioxide scrubbers or asteroid mining. And the more knowledge, the better, because we can base our long-term, global thinking on reality rather than on wishful thinking.
Can you work on one of these two fronts? Even if you aren't engaged with fighting poverty or extending scientific knowledge, keep on conserving resources, using renewable power, and reducing your carbon footprint. And keep on talking about it to other people.

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