This year, August 8th 2016 was ‘Earth Overshoot Day‘.
What does this mean? In just 8 months into the year we have used up
all the resources meant to last us for 12 months!
Just like you leave your footprint on the sands of beaches, you leave a mark and footprint on the Earth.
Our footprint or resource use currently Is more than the Earth can regenerate. This has tremendous impact on the health, society, biodiversity and is one of the causes of water and food scarcities in the world.
We consume more than 1 Earth, when all we have is 1.
‘We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester.’ – Overshootday
Looking at the positives, the U.N Sustainable Development goals has various countries working actively and implementing initiatives that would ensure use of resources sustainably, reducing our ecological footprint. On a smaller scale, there are also various NGOs, corporations and individuals taking steps to reduce the impact and consumption on Earth, increasing our hope for a brighter future.
Curious to find out how many Earth’s you need? Find out here – http://ecologicalfootprint.com/
Some tips for reducing your impact
- Eat food that is locally produced and harvested and buy that imperfect looking fruit/vege
- Travel by public transport or walk or cycle, miss out on sitting in traffic
- Reduce your electricity consumption, save some money from lower bills
- Spread the word and take the pledge, #pledgefortheplanet