Earth Overshoot Day – August 1, 2018 – The Earliest Earth Overshoot Day in History

by  Nicole Wines

With all the talk, actions and ideas for reducing ones ecological footprint, one would think that we would have been making some collective progress by now. Unfortunately, the more those of us who are thinking green take actions, the more actions those who aren’t thinking green continue to speed up the destruction and devastation that human beings are causing on our home planet, our mother, the earth.

This year, 2018, Earth Overshoot Day has been moved earlier on the calendar, to August 1. What does this mean? According to earthovershootday.org:

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when we (all of humanity) have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year.

We are using 1.7 Earths.
We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than ecosystems can absorb.

While it is hard to feel like individual actions make a difference, taking such individual actions in a critical mass, while make a commitment to work within our communities and our societies towards a sustainable and resilient future, could perhaps have enough of an impact to make a difference. Here’s one campaign that thinks so. Check out this video about Earth Overshoot Day and the #movethedate campaign.

 

 


How will you make a difference in your community? Let’s dialogue in the comments below. Our own vision for Raíces is to begin land preservation and ecological and cultural projects and learning centers in the western mountains of Puerto Rico. We will also work in network and collaboration with similar organizations, projects and initiatives throughout the island, the Caribbean and the world. These will be designed to have zero ecological footprint and to serve as models of regeneration, resiliency and inspiration in our communities and our world. Want to help support this project? Learn more and make a donation here.

2 Comments

  • Jessj commented on August 3, 2018 Reply

    We are making (small) steps toward growing more of our own food through edible landscaping and gardens. I had the realization after reading this that it would be wonderful to have access to a Sustainability Coach, like a life coach or holistic health coach, to help guide individuals and families toward better consumer and lifestyle choices! Is this a thing? Would people pay for it? Not interested in doing this myself but just curious. <3

    • Nicole Wines commented on August 3, 2018 Reply

      Hey Jessi!
      Yes, this is actually something that a few readers and a few of my own family friends have asked for and I am working to design some sort of program or service that can address this, both locally within our community and remotely from afar with the power of the internets! Let me know if you have any ideas specific to this.
      Peace and love to you and yours,
      Nicole

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