On August 8, 2016, we will have used as much from nature as our planet can renew in the whole year. We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester. The consequences of this “overshoot” include shrinking biodiversity, collapsed fisheries, eroded topsoil and climate change.
Here’s the good news: The world is on the cusp of positive change. Last December, the Paris Climate Agreement was signed by 195 nations and the European Union. Last September, the United Nations launched global goals to achieve humanity’s collective dream—sustainable development.
If there ever was a time to roll up our sleeves and take action…that time is now. Ahead of Earth Overshoot Day, let’s act to reverse the trend of overshooting our planet’s resources and producing more carbon than nature can absorb.
Here’s our invitation to you: Join us and take part in our action campaign to pledge for the planet. Help create a future where planet and people thrive. Use your voice on social media to spread the word that we can start now to build a world that our children’s children will want to live in.
We will be regularly introducing new action items for you to consider — choose the ones that resonate with you the most and that you’ll be excited telling your friends about. Keep an eye on our newsletter and Facebook Event community for details!