Today is a pretty momentous day.
For the world, and for future generations.
Today is “Earth Overshoot Day”.
The day that human resource demand exceeds nature’s budget.
If we quantify the amount of resources that the planet can produce in one year, then today marks the point in the year, at which we have already used them up.
So for every day from now until the end of the year, we are ‘borrowing’ (taking) resources from future generations.
Earth Overshoot this year is two days earlier than it was last year.
In 1993, it fell on October 21st.
So in 20 years, it has advanced by 2 months.
A month for every 10 years.
So in 50 years time, we could have used up a year’s worth of resources by MARCH. Probably earlier, given the prediction for a global population of 9 billion by that point.
Even if you are rubbish at maths you can see that this cannot continue.
It is truly unsustainable.
So that is why I want to say Sorry.
To my kids, to all the kids of the future.
Our greed is destroying your chances.
I have said countless times before that I don’t know what the answer is.
And that we all can do is what we can do, and make small changes, and together, they could make a big difference.
WWF have bought out this video to demonstrate some of the issues around over-consumption, and to encourage us all to change the way we think, and it is really thought provoking.
Personally, I want to do more.
I want what I am doing, what we have done as a family over the last year to have made a difference. A really big difference.
And I don’t know how to achieve that.
Other than by plugging away, doing what we are doing, blogging it, and shouting about it.
This is huge.
We are wrecking the planet.
And so quickly, that we may still be alive when it all goes tits up.