Earth Overshoot Day is not a day to celebrate. It marks the estimated day in the year when humanity collectively exceeds the planet’s ability to replenish the natural resources we use. This sobering reminder of the importance of reducing our ecological footprint occurred on August 19 this year. So at current rates of resource use we are using a years worth of renewable resources in just 8 months!
The task of restructuring our civilisation so that it works within the limits of our planet is daunting (if it is possible at all). Yet markers like Earth Overshoot Day should be an important reminder that we need to be discussing, exploring and creating alternative ways of being. Its too important to leave up to someone else to fix!