Unhappy Earth Overshoot Day 2018

Well, it’s August 1st, 2018, and here we are, earlier than last year as usual, facing Earth Overshoot Day.

Congratulations to us humans: we have used up all of the resources that our planet can produce in a year.

We are now operating at a deficit, using resources on the Earths’ virtual credit card, resources that mean dipping into next year’s supply.

How is this possible?

We don’t all live in the Tropics of Chaos, where there isn’t enough.

But those zones will encroach upon the wealthier nations of the Earth in due time.

We can’t go on importing our food and fuel from elsewhere indefinitely.

Once the people who live elsewhere are truly crunched for food and water, they won’t send us any more of what they have.

To see a list of Earth Overshoot Days by country, just go to the Global Footprint Network.

Global Footprint Network

It’s quite disturbing; the United States was in overshoot as of March 15th of this year.

What about our food?

How much do we import, and what percentage of each kind do we import?

Here is a website with an article that provides those answers:

Food Safety Modernization Act: Putting the Focus on Prevention

In it, one can read that “…an estimated 15 percent of the U.S. food supply is imported, including 50 percent of fresh fruits, 20 percent of fresh vegetables and 80 percent of seafood.”

Trump – a.k.a. Herr Pumpkingropenfuhrer – is doing us no favors by antagonizing the nations of Central America. Americans love avocados, guacamole, and other recipes from there.

I’m never going to get tired of calling him the Pumpkingropenfuhrer.

I made a meme after watching a Bill Maher video on YouTube that is worth sharing here:

But back to the topic of overshoot, which Trump will only exacerbate…

He is a bought-and-paid-for representative of the Farmers, i.e. banksters, hedge fundsters, and corporatists who control the world’s resources while treating the rest of humanity as a crop or a weed to do with as they please. That means using us as drones in cubicle farms to do mindless chores that make money for corporations, outsourcing work to robots and foreign nations to avoid paying as many workers as possible while paying as few of them as possible as little as possible, and toxifying the ecosystem to extract more products from it faster, even though that will mean crashing our shared ecosystem. That also means treating us as weeds to be erased when we demand civil rights and civil liberties.

I describe the damage they do in my Nae-Née series, plus the consequences of human overpopulation and overshoot. One fuels the other.

Nae-Née Book Series (3 Books)

Want to read specifically about the banksters?

The Book of Thieves deals with them.

Want to know about the damage caused by insecticide producers? The Bear Guarding the Beehive covers the law, politics, economics, and science of that problem.

I won’t stop talking about overshoot, not even – or especially – when confronted by people who don’t care, and who are determined to reproduce and see their children do so, giving speeches about individual choice to do so. One question asking whether or they every think about human overpopulation will trigger such speeches, but I am unrepentant and unrelenting.

The idea that people will insist upon having kids when there are so many who need to be adopted in this world of finite and dwindling resources is unreasonable.

Water aquifers are drying up.

Fertile growing soil has about 4 decades left.

Sea levels are rising.

The climate is heating up.

There are 7.6 billion humans and that number is increasing, yet many organizations that deal with ecosystems collapse consider the issue of human overpopulation too difficult to tackle.

Too difficult?! That is the underlying cause of these ecological problems.

I wonder what people are thinking when they reproduce, because doing so condemns their offspring to dwindling resources, longing for space in colleges and universities that are few too few for the numbers of applicants, those making those slots unobtainable for more and more qualified applicants, even more of whom will simply be priced out of access to them. It’s either that or debt slavery without an end to it, due to insufficient jobs in a gig economy.

James Corden of The Late Late Show on CBS recently laughed ironically as he pointed out that it was funny (and he meant it in a sad way) that today’s young people with college degrees and loans actually think that they will ever pay them off.

There are far too many humans, however capable, talented, intelligent, and willing to study and work, for our finite Earth and economy to accommodate, so it simply won’t accommodate them.

Unhappy Earth Overshoot Day 2018!

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