In 2017, Earth Overshoot Day occurred on 2 August, the earliest it’s ever been. Marina Goodyear looks at its steady advance into the year, and how we can apply the brakes.
My first task on joining Bioregional in 2017 was writing for B&Q’s annual sustainability report. Since then I have worked on monitoring and reporting on large and complex sustainability strategy for Kingfisher – from checking and improving the quality of data for annual reports, to desk research on key materials to help their team address negative impacts in product lifecycles.
More recently I’ve worked on more place-based projects. I am part of the team co-ordinating Bioregional’s One Planet Cities project, in which I have written guidance documentation, organised peer networking webinars to share inspiration and ideas and gathered ecological footprint data for Oxfordshire.
Closer to home, I have been helping to analyse context and create a sustainability action plan for a major new urban development for Landsec.
In 2016 I gained a distinction in MSc Environment & Sustainable Development at UCL. My thesis explored the role of urban agriculture in making cities cleaner and more socially just. My department then invited me to help put together a £7m research proposal on urban inequalities which was successfully funded by the GCRF.
Before my MSc, I spent two months on an eco-agriculture farm in Belize, getting hands-on with regenerative agroforestry.
I may be found buried in a book, attempting to dance at gigs, exploring local parks, or advocating furiously online for better urban cycling infrastructure.