We are lucky today. The Earth Overshoot Day has come almost a week earlier this year compared to 2016. We have beaten our own record again, as the 2016 Earth Overshoot Day was on the 8th of August, and this year it’s today, on the 2nd. We are getting better at this. In case I’m being too fine with the irony, I’m going to tell you what the hell is the Earth Overshoot Day, why should we worry about it, and what’s more important, how to reduce our ecological footprint.
I apologize in advance, but I’m going to start this post with a bit of philosophy. Let’s see. I used to be skeptical about this International Day of stuff until I got to Twitter. In that parallel world, every international day sparks conversations and starts discussions (some of them more enlightening than others) about topics that wouldn’t be in focus otherwise. It’s obvious that the people that are truly engaged with the problematic will talk about it for more than one day a year, but the interesting bit about international days is their ability to include a larger part of population in the conversation. This is obviously very enriching.
In that letter signed by more than 100 Nobel laureates to Greenpeace, the United Nations and the world nations, they were asked to explicitly support genetically modified organisms as the only way to end world hunger. Last week I stepped in muddy terrain and started talking about this issue. This is the second part, with ethics and politics for everyone’s tastes.
Several weeks ago I spent lots of time arguing about the letter signed by more than 100 Nobel laureates. In the letter, they urged Greenpeace and the United Nations to support genetically modified organisms as the only way to put an end to global hunger. I feel the urge to give my opinion about almost everything, so I’m going to talk a bit (well, not a bit, it’s a 2 part post) about GMOs in general and this letter in particular.
The simple fact of eating an apple can have a bit of an ecological footprint. Look at the label. Maybe, if you are in Spain (sorry guys, I’m Spanish), that apple has traveled all the way from Chile to your hand. Amazing, right? That’s what needs to be done if you want to eat apples throughout the year. Something similar occurs with almost everything we consume. Electricity, clothing, electronic devices…