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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Today Is~Earth Overshoot Day

Today Is~Earth Overshoot Day

In less than nine months, we have now used more natural resources than what it takes the planet 12 months to produce. For the remainder of 2013, we will be living on resources borrowed from future generations.

This year—Earth Overshoot Day—the approximate date human resource demands exceed nature's budget—fell on August 20. Two days earlier than last year. In fact, since 2001, Overshoot Day has moved ahead by an average of 3 days per year.

And by 2050, the global population is expected to reach 9 billion—only increasing pressure on Earth's natural resources. On this finite planet, we need to change the way we think about everything, but especially about where and how we live, work and travel, along with what and how much we consume.

Overshoot Day is a bold indication that now is the time to make a change. Small actions can make a big difference. We each play an important role in creating a world where we all live within our ecological limits.


So here is my take on all of this... While we feel like we're doing our part on recycling, and reducing; we have forgotten that recycling still uses energy. That's not our society's get out jail free card. We have to get out of the me, me, me throw away society and make some real changes. For those who follow me (or know me), know that once I have fit a new step into my lifestyle; I add a new step... So, here is my question for you, what steps are you going to fit into your lifestyle?
1. Maybe instead of going to the gym, exercise outside;
2. Or look for upcycled products;
3. Instead of buying a gift for that special someone, make them something like a tasty treat or write them a poem or draw them a picture...
4. Instead of paying for the packaging, purchase from the bulk bins...

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