Monday, August 08, 2016
Another Year, Another Record.
We have certainly outdone ourselves this time. We've gobbled up Earth's resources even faster than last year and that year was a record. Then again, we've been setting annual records ever since we began exceeding our planet's carrying capacity back in the 70s. It's just that we're so much better at it now.
This year we managed to consume our planet's annual resource production by August 8th. That's a big step up from 2015 when it took us until August 13th or 2014 when Overshoot Day lagged at August 19th.
I'm getting weary of explaining Overshoot Day again and again. This year I'll just post this video:
So it's not so much a celebration as it is a day of observance, with funerary overtones. Why the Debbie Downer? For the simple reason that there's not one government in the West or in the emerging economies or, for that matter, anywhere else that's not committed to the pursuit of perpetual exponential growth in GDP - production and consumption. There's not a nation on Earth dedicated to the other solution to lightening our ecological footprint - sharply reducing population. Leaving population control to nature, however, is a profoundly murderous business.