Today is Earth Overshoot Day.
Today, we used up all the resources which Earth can produce this year. The resources of Earth, used after this day, are unsustainable.
Today is only 64% of the way through the year.
We need to fix this.
And no, to be clear, the problem is not overpopulation because Earth is not overpopulated.
The problem is a handful of rich countries spending a century building a culture filled with cheap disposable commodities, powered by setting fire to irreplaceable resources and oppression of those more vulnerable. Because a few people decided it was profitable, and lots of others didn't argue because it was convenient.
The problem is that humans are greedy and wasteful, and we need to stop.
(I'll just provide a small correction: "western" civilization teaches humans to be greedy and wasteful
the essentializing humans as greedy has been used for generations to justify not doing anything about it :3)
completely agreed there UwU
The point is not that greed or wastefulness are inherent human traits. They're not. This has been proven repeatedly, and societies would not have formed to begin with if this were true.
The point is that humans did this. We are humans. We can and must undo it.
@InvaderXan I wish it was easier to see what contributes most.
I do what I can buying little, recycling all my food packaging waste, traveling by bike or public transit etc, but honestly there's no feedback on what can be done better.
@rune In your case, it sounds like you're already doing plenty, considering how many people just drive cars everywhere by themselves and don't recycle anything. Past a certain point, the systemic problems outweigh the personal ones.
@InvaderXan I know there are people who do worse, but that line of logic will allow anyone to keep wasting.
I guess my point is without some kind of feedback it just gets very relative. I eat too much meat, but how bad that is, is hard to judge for myself.
@rune Unfortunately, it's hard to judge at the best of times. Given the way society works, cause and effect, and interconnectedness, meaningful estimates are difficult, if not impossible, to make.
Today isn't a day to punish ourselves for what we do to survive in our respective societies. It's a day to be aware of how sustainably we live, and motivate ourselves to push for change. If there's no attainable way to make the change in ourselves, campaigning for change elsewhere is a valuable thing to do.
Be mindful in your boosting of rideshare and carpooling of the absolute necessity across much of the US where a private car is non-optional, doubly-so for disabled folks. can't wait an hour for an available uber when your doctor's appointment is in 30 minutes. This isn't even getting into individually-altered accomodations vehicles.
We can all live sustainably on the planet in a way that allows everyone to have a dignified existence. But it has to be our first priority. Overpopulation is the dog whistle of genocidal maniacs.
@InvaderXan a lot of people of power where born in the 50s. Back then, the world population was 3 times less than what it is today.
We do have enough resources for everyone, but it requires a major shift in the way we see the world. Shift that might be impossible to make for some old decrepit brains.
@InvaderXan do u have any further reading on this? im interested to know which resources we overshoot on the worst
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