Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Start the Clock. We're In Overshoot.
From now until midnight, New Year's Eve, mankind will be exceeding the ecological carrying capacity of Earth, our one and only biosphere, Spaceship Earth if you like. That's 151 days plus change and that's a lot of time to be drawing down on our planet's reserves of natural resources.
August 2nd this year, Earth Overshoot Day. That means EOD 2018 will bring us up another notch into July.
How do we do it? That's easy. It's sleight of hand, conjuring tricks. The combined forces of steadily growing overpopulation and over-consumption, bring Overshoot Day earlier every year. That means our drawdown on the planet's resource reserves, our deficit, grows commensurately greater every year.
How does this end? Not well, not until mankind's numbers and consumption plummet enough to restore some balance with Earth's ecological carrying capacity. Until then it's going to be a struggle and that's already underway for the world's little people anyway. They're poor and they're vulnerable and they're decidedly not white. Think of them as unpaid ecological sin-eaters.