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Today: August 21 is “Earth Overshoot Day”

Today is a very important day for our little blue and green marble. So important, it’s been given a name – a name that  many of us have never even heard of. Today, August 21st, 2010 is “Earth Overshoot Day” (a.k.a. Ecological Debt Day). What exactly does that mean? Well, basically it means we’ve pretty much used up all the resources that the Earth can give us for this year. Yep. Shut her down, we’re done. No more resources to go ’round. Apparently we’re no better at sticking to an ecological budget than we are at minding the national debt. No big surprise there.

Did you even know there was an ecological budget? I didn’t get the memo, and I’m not sure what my allowance was for the year but I’m pretty sure I blew it just like the majority of my fellow Earth-Dwellers. So, let’s take a look at this whole Earth Overshoot, Ecological Debt ball of wax, learn something from it, and see what we can do about it. I don’t know ’bout you but I think it’d kind of suck if I woke up in the morning and the planet had been closed due to lack of resources. I bet your Mama never told ya there’d be days like this… Continue reading