Happy§ Earth Overshoot Day! Time to celebrate: we’re now using almost three-quarters of ‘planet B’.
Shame it doesn’t exist.
Back in 2014, I wrote a set of edicts I would apply ‘If I ruled the world‘. One of those (#4) was:
If it should ever happen that Earth Overshoot Day (EOD) in any year is determined to occur later in the year than the previous year’s EOD, a global day of rejoicing shall be proclaimed on that day.
*The calculation of Earth Overshoot Day 2020 reflects the initial drop in resource use in the first half of the year due to pandemic-induced lockdowns. All other years assume a constant rate of resource use throughout the year.Source: earthovershootday.org
Well, it looks like we should have had a party last year. Only we couldn’t, of course, due to the very pandemic-induced lockdowns that reduced the global resource use. Ironic.
This year, it looks like we’re back on track, ravaging the planet like never before. Yay, us.
§ Everything’s relative.