Today’s Earth Overshoot Day shows we need 1.75 Earths to feed our destructive resources habit. This unsustainable and humanity-ending addiction must stop and decisive actions implemented immediately to rapidly reverse the trend – the intervention is ours to make.
We have all seen the posters, there is no Planet B, ripping up planet A just buys us all a one way ticket to the point of no return. Yet that is exactly what is happening, as the Earth Overshoot Day calculation from the Global Footprint Network reveals more grimly every year.
“We have only got one Earth – this is the ultimately defining context for human existence. We can’t use 1.75 without destructive consequences,” said Mathis Wackernagel, co-inventor of Ecological Footprint accounting and founder of Global Footprint Network.
The challenge is on to #MoveTheDate and by moving it back five days a year, ‘one-planet compatibility’ can be achieved by 2050. Disaster can still be averted, if transformational change is embraced now, rather than being banded about as a soundbite that promises never to deliver.