Mike Cohen made a brief presentation on Earth Overshoot Day at our membership meeting last night. Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. In 2018, that day was August 1, the earliest it has ever been.
Mike was the main driver behind our 2015 resolution in which our Grange committed ourselves to “act as ambassadors of Earth to guide humanity away from its excesses which lead to an overshoot of Earth’s ability to meet our material and emotional needs”.
In that 2015 resolution, we quoted the Declaration of Purposes of the National Grange, adopted by the St. Louis session of the National Grange, February 11, 1874, which states, “We shall endeavor…to buy less and produce more, in order to make our farms self-sustaining; to diversify our crops and crop no more than we can cultivate; to condense the weight of our exports, selling less in the bushel and more on hoof and in fleece, less in lint and more in warp and woof;…; to discountenance the credit system, the mortgage system, the fashion system, and every other system tending to prodigality and bankruptcy.”
By the way, one of our members is the great grandson of the author of the 1874 Declaration of Purposes, and has has been doing a little research to present to our Grange, possible this fall. Look for a future post on that topic.