When Earth Overshoot Day is celebrated on 22 August each we embrace the ecology of the earth. It is the day of the year when we have consumed all the resources provided by the Earth for the entire year.
A resource provided for a year refers to the number of resources that the Earth can regenerate in a year. In other words, from tomorrow, this year the human society will consume all the fuel, drinking water, cloth, grains, meat-fish-egg, etc., the earth does not have the ability to produce them at its natural pace.
In such a situation, they will be acquired from the accumulated corpus of this planet, which will end in the next ten-twenty or hundred years. It is like we blow your budget for the entire month in 20 days. It may manage for some time, but may not always run.
Earth Overshoot Day falls on a different date every year. Researchers associated with the global think tank Global Footprint Network work to determine this. Interestingly, this year this day has come 24 days late than last year.
Last year it came only on 29 July. Since the 1970s, Earth Overshoot Day has been moving backward year after year. The rare coincidence that this year is going ahead, is not giving any relief.
The reason behind this is the epidemic caused by the coronavirus. That is, it is not the result of rational efforts of human society, but the result of a disastrous step of nature. The virus-borne epidemic and forced measures such as lockdown to avoid it have caused mountains of trouble on human society.
As a side effect of these, if there is some benefit that there is some decrease in the consumption of nature's resources, then it cannot be amused. The reason is that one had to pay an inordinate price, it is not a permanent achievement.
As the corona outbreak subsides and life returns to its old rhythm, indiscriminate consumption of natural resources will begin again. It is clear that the work of saving the earth's resources cannot be left to natural disasters like Covid-19.
Yes, we can certainly learn from this. Environment policy controllers sitting in governments around the world put emergency brakes on the constantly accelerating economic growth train under the pressure of Corona, whose shock caused all the upheaval.
The question is, why the same work of reducing speed cannot be done in a thoughtful manner? In such a way that the future of the Earth is safe and no one gets a big shock. Earth Overshoot Day teaches this basic thing- do we care about our Mother Earth?