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.