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Earth Overshoot Day will be upon us on August 2nd.   This date, calculated by Global Footprint Network, comes earlier with each passing year, as humanity uses up natural resources faster than the Earth can replenish in a year.  Currently we are using the resources of 1.7 Earths.

 

 

Of the main solutions put forth for slowing down overshoot, encouragingly addressing population growth is one, which Global Footprint Network states is essential to create “a sustainable future in which everyone enjoys secure lives in a world of finite resources.”  They put it simply: “The more we are, the less planet there is per person.”
 
People don’t own the planet, we share it with the rest of nature. Let’s support talking about population and the impact on people and the environment and change the narrative. Transition Earth is doing this, and the more who join us the more we can move this on the global agenda.  We can start by sharing about Earth Overshoot Day with the hashtag #movethedate

Women Are the Solution

In case you missed it, Project Drawdown has a best-selling book called Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Just like Earth Overshoot, Drawdown’s authors and researchers see that population growth cannot be ignored and that investing in family planning and women’s rights are key solutions.
 
In Drawdown’s ranking of 100 solutions to climate change, educating girls is solution number six and family planning is number seven. Acknowledging and promoting the rights of women and girls is a just and viable – and long overdue – response to dealing with climate change.
 
Read our blog Game On: Women Are Key to Addressing Climate Change for more details on Drawdown’s women-focused solutions.  We know that we won’t solve climate change or any environmental problem without respecting human rights and recognizing the struggle of people trying to meet their basic needs, especially women. 
School girls in Bisesero, Rwanda [photo credit: Suzanne York]
New Factsheet on Humanity’s Lasting Influence on Earth
 
We can’t talk about Earth Overshoot Day or climate change without mentioning the Anthropocene, something few people know about, but we’re sure we’ll be hearing more and more about it in the next few years.
 
Many scientists consider the Anthropocene a new epoch, replacing the Holocene, a time when humanity’s impact on the planet is so transformational that it has pushed the world into a new geological period.

Learn more about the Anthropocene, and some recommended solutions for living in this time, with our new factsheet, to be released on August 2nd on Earth Overshoot Day.  Look for it on our homepage and Facebook and Twitter sites, and of course we’ll share it in next month’s newsletter.
 
Deforestation is a major part of the Anthropocene [photo credit: FAO]
Checking in on Youth and Conservation – from Borneo to the Bay Area
 
Our colleagues at ASRI/Health in Harmony shared a nice story with us on the impact ASRI Kids is having on local youth.
 
Meet Dewi, an ASRI Teen and former ASRI Kid who was part of the program when it was founded. She’ll be leaving Sukadana soon for college at Universitas Tanjung Pura in Pontianak, West Kalimantan.
 
This is amazing because prior to her involvement with ASRI, Dewi never considered college as an option. Her family could not afford to send her, and she had no interest in further education. But ASRI Kids inspired her to love learning and nature. And with the help of some generous donors at Health in Harmony, she is making her dream of college happen.
 
Dewi, in her first years as an ASRI Kid. [Photo credit: ASRI]
Dewi shared with Etty Rahmawati, ASRI’s Conservation Education Coordinator (before even telling her parents!) that thanks to ASRI Kids and ASRI Teens, she's chosen forestry as her major, so that she can continue to learn about the natural environment and make a difference. It’s wonderful to see how this program is changing the lives of youth and yielding benefits for the community of Sukadana. 
Report Back from Uganda and East Africa Coming Soon!
 
We’re back from Uganda! We learned a lot about how the population, health and environment approach is changing lives and protecting nature in this beautiful country, and met some amazing activists along the way. 
 
Mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. [photo credit: Suzanne York]

We are eager to share our experiences and will be hosting some events and a webinar or two in the coming months.  Please stayed tuned, and we’ll share dates and locations with you as soon as we can.


Til next time,
Suzanne
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