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It’s time to talk about Earth’s unsustainable population growth

Population. Consumption. A balance of both is critical to a planet marked by better human health, economic prosperity and a flourishing natural world.

Earth Overshoot recognizes that duality and works not only to bring our human numbers back into balance with nature but also to draw attention to the overconsumption of our planet's limited resources. We aspire to be champions for a sustainable, safer, less crowded and more just world. 

Treating the symptoms of overshoot like lack of affordable housing, whether with subsidies, cost controls or greater development may temporarily lessen the pain, but eventually the problems will resurface or metastasize to new places. We must address the problems that take into account the bigger picture problems of overconsumption and unsustainable population growth with solutions that improve quality of life if we are to maintain our quality of life and a healthy environment.

As its first story of 2023, the iconic television news program "60 Minutes" featured the conclusions of several esteemed scientists who say that the Earth is suffering a crisis of mass extinction on a scale unseen since the dinosaurs. The cause of the destruction, as described succinctly by Professor Paul Ehrlich on the same "60 Minutes" segment: “too many people, too much consumption and growth mania.”

Earth Overshoot works to make sustainability central to all personal and public decision-making through targeted education and advocacy in order to achieve a world characterized by human well-being and flourishing biodiversity.

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