Today is Earth Overshoot Day 2021: We have exhausted and plundered our Mother Earth
- Kamran Mofid
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Earth Overshoot Day marks the point in the year when humanity uses more resources—timber, fish, crops, fossil fuels,...,than the planet can naturally replenish (or in the case of carbon dioxide, absorb from the atmosphere).
In a perfectly sustainable world, that date would be Dec. 31, or not arrive at all. This year, it’s July 29. Since 1970, when the project started, the day has crept steadily earlier each year—except 2020, when the pandemic cut global consumption and bought an extra month.
‘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 2021, it falls on July 29.
'We know it can be overwhelming to think about the various impacts of global ecological overshoot such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and extreme weather events (to name a few). However, thriving lives within the means of our planet are not out of reach…’- Read more
Thriving lives, meaningful living, socioeconomic progress and wealth creation within the means of our planet and what mother nature can offer, are not out of reach. Plenty of solutions exist, if we are guided by wisdom and love for life and Mother Nature
Photo: Petal Republic
Please see below for a selection of common-sense and practical solutions from our GCGI archive:
At a time of profound crises there must be an opportunity for new vision, new understanding and new thinking. There is a desperate need for new practical ways of relating in an increasingly interdependent global community: a time to re-introduce spirituality, ethics, civility, kindness, humanity and the common good into the debate on globalisation, economics, politics, business, education, international relation and much more.
Surely the time is now to rise and challenge the falsehood and the inhumanity of the ideology that since the early 1980s has cheated and humiliated us by monetising all aspects of our lives, and has stopped us from knowing what it means to be human:
We, the people, all around the globe, are slowly realising that our planet, our lives, and more are in desperate need for new measures to evolve humanly, environmentally, economically and politically towards a more cooperative, peaceful and respectful sense of interdependency.
While the urgency is being felt on all levels, too many feel disempowered with the potential to spark a change, make a difference or even perceive an ounce of hope for the future.
The task isn’t small. Indeed, the task is so great that there is only one way to succeed, and that is, all of us, coming together in the spirit of the common good, to empower and enable each one of us to become self-directed, and active in defining this time in the world as opportunity for positive change and healing and for the true formation of a culture of peace by giving thanks, spreading joy, sharing love, seeing miracles, discovering goodness, embracing kindness, practicing patience, teaching tolerance, encouraging laughter, celebrating diversity, showing compassion, turning from hatred, practicing forgiveness, peacefully resolving conflicts, communicating non-violently, choosing happiness and enjoying life. Carpe Diem!
This is the Path to Heal our Broken World
The Sweetness of Being Human
‘We have all of us one human heart.’- William Wordsworth
Neoliberalism, better known as Thatcherism, belongs in the dustbin of history.
Neoliberalism is the Virus. Neoliberalism is the Pandemic.
Photo source and read more: Neoliberalism and Climate Change: How It became the enemy of the Environment?
Noeliberal education, better known as values-free, for profit education, belongs also in the dustbin of history
Replace the selfishness and hatred of neoliberalism with Kindness
Replace the hopelessness of neoliberalism with Hopefulness
Replace the delusional and destructive neoliberal education with inspirational values-led Education
Replace the devastated neoliberal economy with Economy as if People Mattered
Replace the fake neoliberal ‘teachers’ and let nature to be your wisest Teacher
Throw away materialism and consumerism, ‘Black-Friday’ sales mentality, and opt for simplicity, simple living and be grateful for who you are, what you are and what you have
We are what we eat. Replace junk/fast food with Slow Food for the Common Good to save the World
Enjoy togetherness, family, friends and community. Ours should not be a caravan of despair, but the flame of love and hope