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An Eulogy for the Planet We Lost Today

4.5 billion years old. Yet, gone too soon.

In the short time I knew her, I would describe her as generous, hardworking and beautiful.

Generous for those times she selflessly gave, seeking nothing in return;
Graciously offering everything in her ability to keep us happy.

Hardworking for those times she would persevere the challenges thrown at her;
Diligently performing so we reap the benefits of her labour.

Beautiful for those times her elegance radiated with such confidence,
Effortlessly reminding us to stay grounded in the vast of her presence.

This commemoration pairs with regret as we mourn the loss of our planet at such an undeserving age.

Today is Earth Overshoot Day.

To put it simply, August 1, 2018 marks the day we exhausted all the Earth’s resources which were intended to supply us for the whole year. Moving forward we will not be able to replenish our resources at the alarming rate at which they are being exerted.

Earth Overshoot Day is approaching earlier each year, drastically different from 30 years ago.

We have no one to blame but ourselves for shamefully falling 152 days short of the calendar year. Merely 30 years ago, Earth Overshoot Day fared in December! Catering to human greed’s demands, it is estimated we would require 1.7 “Earths” to satisfy our current habits.

                       This infographic identifies Country Overshoot Days.

The good news is that not all hope is lost if we can unanimously work towards the #MovetheDate cause. For the price of some minor (and maybe some not-so-minor) inconveniences, it is feasible to push Overshoot Day. It comes down to rethinking our lifestyles pertaining our everyday choices: What should I eat today? How should I go to work today? What should I wear today?

Here’s your chance to find out how you can make a difference in protecting our planet and its resources. Complete a Personal Overshoot Day quiz to see how you compare, click here.