I fear we’re still doing it wrong. Well, it’s kind of obvious that we’re doing it wrong, but I think we’re trying to get it right in ways that don’t seem close to what we need to do to get it right. As a society, we collectively shrug our shoulders at the specter of things like the ecological impacts of climate change. The slow-moving, amorphous nature of which has us treating the issue as if it were equal to a day at the spa, when in truth we’re already actively engaged as boiling frogs.
August 19 was this year’s Earth Overshoot Day, the day in which the Global Footprint Network estimates that we’d used up the annual replenishable bounty the earth provides for us. With 134 days left in the year, the cupboard which the planet’s ecosystems had filled with this year’s “crops,” was already bare. That means we’re going into our ecological savings account for over a third of the year’s needs. Increasing demand from the existing population base, paired with a growing population, leads to a compounding of an issue that’s already highly problematic. In fact, the original Earth Overshoot Day occurred in early October of 2000. So, in the space of just fourteen years, we’ve moved this date forward over forty days. I have to wonder how much longer we can press in this direction.