The Earth Overshoot day has been creeping up the calendar every year. Learn about solution to help us all tread more lightly on the earth.
RELEVANT SUSTAINABLE GOALS
There are five key areas in which you can help to #movethedate while living-below-your-means and easy :
Did you know that we would move Overshoot Day 10 days if we cut food waste in half worldwide.
Did you know that the energy we use for heating, light and other electrical appliances at home and at work represent over 30% of carbon emissions ?
Did you know that cars are responsible for 19.7% of global carbon footprint.
The web of life is vital to keep our planet liveable. Fertile soil, clean water, and clean air are necessary to provide humanity with the food and physical health we require to thrive.
Reducing family size at this rate is equivalent to moving back Earth Overshoot Day by about 30 days, or one month, by 2050.
This is all about things we produce, distribute and consume. Currently, food demands makes up 26% of the global ecological footprint. anduses over half of our planet’s biocapacity.
Did you know that we would move Overshoot Day 10 days if we cut food waste in half worldwide. Here are practical steps you can immediately implement to reduce food waste and increase your money savings :
- Shop smart – planning! Plan out your meals, and make a detailed shopping list with the ingredients you’ll need, and stick to that list It’s easier said than done, but (hey !) practice makes perfect !
- Use small plate to avoid over-serve food for yourself / family
- Save and love your leftovers. Label your leftovers to keep track of how long they’ve been in your fridge or freezer, and incorporate them into your daily or weekly routine (pack your lunch to office / school to save your time and money).
- Store food correctly.
- Avoid clutter in your fridge, cupboard, and freezer. Well-stocked fridge can be a good thing, but overly filled fridge /cupboard/freezer are not necessarily a good thing, especially when it comes to food waste.
- Understand expiration and “sell-by” dates. Let’s admit, “sell by” and “expires on” are two confusing terms used on food labels. Most of the time, these terms are used to determine the date producers think a product is most likely to spoil by or when the product should be sold/removed from the shelves (due to food quality, not food safety).
- Love the “ugly” fruits or vegetables. Consumer demand for flawless fruits and vegetables has led major grocery chains to buy only picture-perfect produce from farmers. This leads to tons of perfectly good food going to waste. Did you know that ugly-looking fruits or vegetables are identical in taste and nutrition with the perfect one ?
- Donate to foodbank or farms. Instead of throwing away excess food, you can consider to donate items you are not going to consume before they go bad to Foodbank and charities organisations for people in need.
- Try to compost yourself. Composting leftover food is a beneficial way to reuse food scraps, turning food waste into energy for plants.
No matter who we are, reversing overshoot will require actions (big or small) from all of us, people, governments, and businesses. Join the campaign #movethedate to not only move back Overshoot Day, but to put forth big solutions for people and the planet.