Earth Overshoot Day is a scientifically calculated day in the year which denotes the date where our demands for ecological sources and resources exceed the resources and services that the Earth can provide us with and account for their replenishment.
The COVID 19 pandemic has significantly impacted our access to and requirements of natural resources and there has been a retraction in the overall global ecological footprint as well as the annual consumption. However, such a change should ideally be an outcome of policies and strategies centred around rebuilding our existing practices and recovery of the damages that are caused to the Earth every year, and not at the mercy of pandemics or world disasters.
This year, our mark for World Overshoot Day was observed in the month of August 2020, which indicates that for the remnant of the year, humanity will be in a deficit of resources. With the pandemic and the wide mass of destruction it caused all over the globe, it is even more critical for us to take up on this unprecedented opportunity to really reflect on what is going on around us and the kind of future that we want for ourselves and our coming generations. It’s vital for everyone to introspect and also reflect on their personal choices and consumption and to analyse the kind of impact our routine practices and habits have on the environment and its precious resources.
As we are building our lives out of a global health and economic crisis, here are some takeaways that one must keep in mind:
- Governments play a very pivotal role when it comes to safeguarding the lives of citizens in times of crises
- Humanity is at its strongest when we work together and show solidarity
- The necessary actions required to protect oneself, one’s household, and one’s community also protect others; one’s decisions at all levels have consequences for everyone.
These major lessons from the pandemic and Earth hitting Overshoot mark for the year also bring us to really think about how we can each make this a better place to live. It’s well known by now that every small input counts and that simply by making a few small changes in our daily lives, we can significantly cut down on our individual carbon footprints.
Our life on this planet is finite and so are the resources that are available to us during the course of our lives. The Earth can only be saved and recovered when all of humanity comes together and stands in solidarity for a shared outcome.
What shared outcome could be more important than our long-term success on our finite planet?
Everyday the choices we make in our lives have a multiplier effect on the environment. From what we eat, to what we wear, there is a lot that we can do to be sustainable and reduce our carbon footprint.
Anatã's mission is to empower YOU, a conscious consumer, in making healthier food choices that are not only better for you but also go a long way in healing the planet.