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.
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.”
The economic and social challenges tied to slowing birth rates are child's play compared to the ecological plights, societal and human health costs and national security perils any country will experience from unsustainable population growth.