Guest Opinion by Louise Shawkat in Sunday Medford Mail Tribune / Ashland Daily Tidings, August 30th 2020
This year, Earth’s Overshoot Day was Aug. 22. That is the date when humanity has consumed its budget of natural resources and its budget of waste production for the year.
The planet has its own ecological budget, broken down by country. Once a country uses up its biocapacity and ecological reserve, it falls into ecological deficit. This is somewhat like our household budget; the difference, however, is that there is nowhere from which we can borrow to counter the deficit.