Sunday, 29 July 2018

Earth Overshoot Day

Letter to the Kent Messenger:

Dear Editor,
August 1st this year marks Earth Overshoot Day, the date when we (all of humanity) have used more from the rest of nature than our planet can renew in the entire year. We are currently using 1.7 Earths a year, a 70% overshoot. Every year this date moves a few days earlier. With our unsustainable levels of consumption and increasing population we use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate. A short video publicising this can be found here:
The dangerous realities of the situation were summed up in “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice" In November 2017, over 15,000 scientists in 184 countries signed up in support of this.
Since then, a further 5,000 + scientists have backed the call. The sign-up to this warning has now been opened to the wider public and organisations, including environmentally concerned NGO’s. We would encourage political parties and public organisations of all kinds in the area to give their support:
The Green Party is happy to work with others to promote public policies and private actions that will help us escape what is an existential crisis. To be blunt, it will put problems caused by Brexit, hard or soft, in the shade.

Stuart Jeffery
Secretary, Maidstone Green Party

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