Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/27842

Posted on 24 August 2018 at 15:07 GMT

Earth Overshoot Day

End profit-driven climate destruction

Robert Sharkey, East London Socialist Party

'Earth Overshoot Day' - the day when every natural resource has been overconsumed to the point it could not recover within that year - has jumped forward almost three months in a decade.

Earth Overshoot Day 2018 was on 1 August. The Global Footprint Network thinktank has calculated it annually since 2007. It includes, for example, excess carbon dioxide emissions, as well as soil erosion, overfishing, deforestation and so on. Rather than tallying total pollution over time, it is a good indicator of the net rate of damage being done to the environment.

In the decade from 2007, Earth Overshoot Day jumped from 26 October to 2 August last year. Further, when the date is calculated on a per-country basis, the UK's overshoot day is 8 May!

The Global Footprint Network has developed accounting methods for management of resources, and offers advice to governments , corporations and individuals on how to reduce environmental damage by changing policy - to take sustainability more into account.

Although well-intentioned, one of the central focuses of the offshoot "#MoveTheDate" campaign falls into the trap of calling for individuals to "#MoveTheDate" by taking individual actions such as changing their diets. But most working class people cannot afford the time or money for 'carbon-neutral' lifestyles; and in any case, individual action does not address the source of the problem: big business and the profit system.

Any narrative that we are all individually responsible for the environmentalist crisis and should take action on that basis ultimately plays into the hands of the global ruling elite who have a vested interest in the status quo.

The evidence is clear that workers and the poor cannot shoulder the burden of ongoing damage to the environment. And that no substantial change is going to happen while the profits of big business set the agenda.

Mass action such as the People's Climate March in New York City in 2014 - which at the time was the biggest environmental march in human history - is important.

Similarly the mass mobilisations in Britain and across Europe against fracking in the past decade point the way to towards the kind of activism that can draw attention to environmental degradation and help to challenge the status quo of big business and the polluting industries.

What is needed is a fundamental break from the capitalist system which rewards exploitation of workers and the environment. The real solution to climate change is public ownership and workers' control of energy and the top corporations, linked to democratic, rational planning of the economy.

Only socialist change can ensure living standards will improve for all without damage to the environment.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.






Related links:

Profit:

triangleMorandi Bridge disaster - private profit to blame

triangleBritain bakes as water pipelines leak

triangle#NorthernFail: 250 rail services cancelled

triangleAberfan disaster novel reminds us Grenfell was not an anomaly

triangleEngland facing water shortage due to underinvestment

Environment:

triangleLiverpool Socialist Party: Marxism & the environment

triangleFracking companies backed by government and courts

triangleCapitalism is a chaotic, irrational system - we need socialist change

triangleEast London Socialist Party: How socialism can save the environment

Workers:

triangleSouth Africa: new workers' formations herald fightback against Ramaphosa's capitalist agenda

triangleFight against billionaire Newcastle boss Mike Ashley continues

triangleCardiff Uber Eats couriers strike back against bosses

Global:

triangleThe ongoing capitalist crisis and the struggle for a socialist world

triangleNationalise the energy giants to combat global warming

Big business:

triangleBig drugs companies dodge 3 billion pounds in tax

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

20/9/18

Black

London Socialist Party meetings for Black History Month

19/9/18

RMT

Strikers ready to up the ante over rail safety

19/9/18

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Socialist Party opposes racist EDL

19/9/18

Newcastle

Hundreds of Newcastle United fans attend Mike Ashley Out meeting

19/9/18

Leicester

Socialists and campaigners protest Leicester NHS cuts

19/9/18

Liverpool

March to save threatened Liverpool Women's Hospital

19/9/18

The Socialist

Join our Socialist sales drive for issue 1011

19/9/18

Liverpool

Liverpool airport workers demand decent pay

19/9/18

York

York health workers say no to privatisation

19/9/18

Birmingham

Birmingham home carers' protest demo

19/9/18

UCU

University pay ballot: vote yes for strike action!

19/9/18

Hull

Socialist Students campaigns at Hull freshers fair

19/9/18

Lewisham

Lewisham: binning the rates rise

19/9/18

Leicester

Leicester UCU fights redundancies

14/9/18

Prisons

POA walkout over government failure to make prisons safe

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999