Earth Overshoot Day 2019

Earth Overshoot Day 2019

Earth Overshoot Day 2019

July 29, 2019
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Every year, the Earth Overshoot Day, i.e, the day when we (on a global scale, all of us, together) will have used more resources from nature than the earth can renew in the whole year. In 2019 that date is July 29. That would be today, as I am writing this.

However.
I live in Sweden. Our national overshoot day occurred April 3rd. To quote overshootday.org, the national overshoot day is the date “on which Earth Overshoot Day would fall if all of humanity consumed like the people in this country.”.

April 3rd.
Not a lot to be proud of there.

It’s tricky, though.
To mention something like this, and instill inspiration, hope, drive, and willpower in people – not always the outcome is it? More often it might result in resignation, a sense of impending doom and the common “there’s nothing I can do anyway, so why even try”.

The #movethedate-initiative of the Overshoot organization, a solutions platform intended to share solutions of various kinds as well as connect people with one another, feels especially relevant to counteract that. I hope, more than anything, that this is something that will be looked at by individuals, organizations, businesses, local communities and national governments alike. We need the policy-makers on board, just as we need me, and you, and everyone else on board. Together!

Because this seems true to me: it’s not a matter of One Thing that will “save the planet” as it were (which in and of itself is oxymoronic. It’s not the planet that’s at stake. It’s humanity. Will humans as a species survive, that’s what’s at stake. And a whole bunch of other species, for sure, animals and plants alike.). It’s not a question of either-or, it’s a matter of both and.

What can I do, or stop doing, in order to have an impact?
What can you do, or stop doing, in order to have an impact?
What can we, together, do, or stop doing, in order to have an impact?
What can the society we live in do, or stop doing, in order to have an impact?
What can we, humanity at large, do, or stop doing, in order to have an impact?

I don’t know about you, but off the top of my head I can come up with plenty of things to do, or stop doing, many of which I have already implemented, and my friends, neighbors, fellow citizens as well. We need to continue. I need to continue, doing that which I know has an impact. And I need to – but more importantly, want to! – continuously try on new things to do, or stop doing.

Plant trees. That’s one of the things I do and will continue doing because I know what a huge impact it has.

8 Comments

  1. Charlotte Cronquist July 29, 2019 16:05

    Jag blir så deppig av de där siffrorna … och samtidigt är min uppfattning att vi alla kan dra våra strån till stacken. Ett strå i taget. Så jag är glad över att jag planerar träd jag med (på ditt initiativ) och glad för att jag är kärlekskrigare. Samtidigt denna komplexitet. Det blir en liten suck ändå.

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    • Helena Roth July 29, 2019 19:11

      Ja, det e inte en enkel ekvation att lösa direkt.
      Så jag förstår dig och din lilla suck. Samtidigt som jag tackar för träden du planterar och allt annat du gör för att sprida kärler i världen! <3

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  2. Yvonne July 29, 2019 17:58

    Först blir jag så överväldigad att jag nästan resignerar.
    Sen möts jag av dina ord …to have an impact. Yes – jag är här och jag kan göra skillnad nu och påverka andra. Du påverkar mig med dina ord ❤

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    • Helena Roth July 29, 2019 19:10

      Yes, du är här och du kan och gör skillnad!
      <3

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  3. Malin Lundskog July 30, 2019 21:09

    Galet det här är! Känns fint ändå, att vi är många som verkligen gör något åt det här och drar våra strån till den stora stacken vi kallar klimatet.

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    • Helena Roth August 2, 2019 12:42

      Så är det!! Ensam är inte stark, tillsammans kan vi skapa underverk.

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  4. Christine Lehtinen August 1, 2019 14:29

    Tack för denna påminnelsen! Du skriver så berörande. Tack <3 Jag gillade speciellt:
    What can I do, or stop doing, in order to have an impact?
    What can you do, or stop doing, in order to have an impact?
    What can we, together, do, or stop doing, in order to have an impact?
    What can the society we live in do, or stop doing, in order to have an impact?
    What can we, humanity at large, do, or stop doing, in order to have an impact?

    Medan jag läser så hör jag dig prata. Underbart!

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