Rolling back Earth Overshoot Day
Daniel Christian Wahl

“The narrative of interbeing reveals not only our interdependence but also the abundance that emerges from collaboration, sharing and caring for the whole community of life.”

Gibbs’ notion of trust theory included four components: Trust, Openness, Realization, and Interbeing (see, e.g.,

I take the analysis of overshoot by the Global Footprint Network with a large grain of salt. It is a perhaps useful indicator but is very imprecise. One criticism from a friend is that some renewable resources are treated as nonrenewable. Most importantly, coal, oil, and natural gas are renewable resources. The problem is that if they are treated as such in the footprint calculation, then because the difference between our consumption rate and the renewal rate is of several orders of magnitude, the resulting overshoot is “politically unacceptable.”

My criticism is that given the major overshoot in some countries, I would expect a significant accumulating reduction of the biocapacity of those countries. Using the numbers on the website, I find that the biocapacities of the US, China, and India, for example, have drastically increased over time. This suggests to me that depletion of freshwater aquifers, loss of topsoil from rapacious industrial agriculture, and other degradations are NOT included in the footprint calculations (while the short-term increases in agricultural problem ARE included, implying greater biocapacity).

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