The Canadian Progressive: We only have one Earth, and we’re overshooting its capacity

As our burgeoning demands on the Earth continue to overshoot its capacity to renew resources, it’s time for a serious rethink, argues David Suzuki. Basically, we’re “using up the biological capital that should be our children’s legacy.” The post We only have one Earth, and we’re overshooting its capacity appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Disaffected Lib: Big Day Tomorrow – It’s Earth Overshoot Day – August 13, 2015.

Tomorrow is Earth Overshoot Day, the date on which mankind has gobbled up a full year’s worth of renewable resources – biomass, water and such. The date falls a couple of days earlier every year as we increase our consumption levels beyond our planet’s carrying capacity.  Each year brings us ever closer to our ecological ...

The Disaffected Lib: And the Band Played On

It’s generally accepted in the scientific community that it takes one to several centuries, on average, for species to truly adapt to a 1 degree Celsius shift in temperature, up or down. Look around today and you’ll see species “running” for their lives, continually migrating ever further away from the equatorial zone.  Some species, particularly ...

The Disaffected Lib: When Overshoot Meets Inequality

Tuesday marked Earth Overshoot Day, 2014.  August 19th was the day by which humankind had consumed an entire year’s production of renewable resources. Overall that means we’re using resources more than 1.5 times the rate at which the Earth can replace them.  EOD is a moving target that, unfortunately, keeps moving in the wrong direction. ...

The Disaffected Lib: Earth Overshoot Day – August 22, 2012

In 2006 when I first wrote of it, it happened on October 9th.   Just six years later it has crept up to August 22, almost seven weeks earlier. “It” is Earth Overshoot Day, the benchmark of our planet’s day of ecological reckoning.   It’s the day on which mankind is determined to have consumed a full ...