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.
What is it?
Earth Overshoot Day is an initiative of Global Footprint Network, an international research organisation that is changing the way the world measures and manages its natural resources.
The date of Earth Overshoot Day is calculated with data from Global Footprint Network’s National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts, available for free at data.footprintnetwork.org.
When is it?
Today is Earth Overshoot Day – COVID-19 has caused humanity’s Ecological Footprint to contract, pushing the date of Earth Overshoot Day back more than three weeks compared to last year. The challenge of relaunching our economies presents countries with a unique chance to act on the future we want.
We are consuming natural resources quicker than the Earth can replenish itself. We are depleting the Earth of its resources, which once gone, will never come back.
What can you do?
Explore Solutions to #MoveTheDate – Thriving lives within the means of our planet are not out of reach.
Five key areas have been identified for improving sustainability: planet, cities, energy, food, and population.
Why not join in and explore steps we can take to help #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day to create a sustainable future. Follow @EndOvershoot and #MoveTheDate and share your ideas and solutions!
About Earth Overshoot Day
Global overshoot started in the early 1970s. Now, the cumulative ecological debt is equivalent to 18 Earth years. In other words, it would take 18 years of our planet’s entire regeneration to reverse the damage from overuse of natural resources, assuming overuse was fully reversible.
Solutions suggest that it is possible to live within the means of our planet. If we #MoveTheDate 5 days each year, humanity would be using less than one planet before 2050.