Ecological OvershootFeb 29
I have always heard it called Earth’s Carrying Capacity…that is how long and how much can this planet of ours provide the life sustaining resources for 7billion + of us. The Global Footprint Network is a non-profit organization that is helping to educate all of us on sustainability and the fact that Earth can’t support us all. I guess that is the definition of un-sustainability right there.
They call it Ecological Overshoot. The language is not as nice as carrying capacity. In any time of sport we never want to overshoot – we don’t want to overshoot targets or when we drive, overshoot our destination. But, since the 1970’s this concept of Ecological Overshoot is a reality.
They calculate Earth Overshoot Day. Every year, the Global Footprint Network determines on what day we “run out”. Like our national debts (plural since we are talking about the global issues) we technically run out of the what it took to support all of us that year and start borrowing against our children’s and our grandchildren’s future. It’s not in December, or even November—that would be less scary. Its actually somewhere in the middle of August and it keeps creeping towards January.
That’s where we can make a difference. We need to take action in each of our lives to move the date backwards, towards December. Our consequences have impacts. We can make decisions that can reverse this trend, or optimistically restore our overshoot trajectories. What will your correction be?