Earth Overshoot Day

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. In 2023, Earth Overshoot Day lands on August 2. We maintain this deficit by liquidating stocks of ecological resources and accumulating waste, primarily carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Earth Overshoot Day is hosted and calculated by Global Footprint Network, an international research organization that provides decision-makers with a menu of tools to help the human economy operate within Earth’s ecological limits.

Are renewables the answers? Unfortunately not. At least not while we maintain the infinite growth paradigm.

One way to compensate for overshooting in the future if we don’t change our growth paradigm is to go outside the solar system and colonize planets that are light years away with no guarantee that it is actually habitable.

After settlement, we overshoot the newly-found planets, search again for other planets, overshoot those, and the cycle repeats.

Eventually, humanity will run out of planets to overshoot and will suffer its demise.

To ensure that our species survive, we need to slow down the growth or else we will run out of resources on a large scale.

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There are plenty of resources in our solar system. But indeed, we need to fix our society/economy to do more with less and not this constant consumption of new stuff that isn’t designed to last. Not to mention the amount of resources we waste in construction and production of this stuff.


We also need to keep track of what we have with something similar to this: