Have you heard of Earth Overshoot Day? Earth Overshoot Day marks the date that humanity starts to operate on an ecological deficit spending as we have consumed more from nature than the planet can renew within a year. This year, Earth Overshoot Day falls on 29 July 2021.
This is worryingly the same date that the world reached two years ago in 2019. This means that the modest gains accrued from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) despite much of the world population working-from-home and zero overseas travel being part of the new normal.
100 Days of Possibility
In conjunction with Earth Overshoot Day, Global Footprint Network, the Scottish EPA, and Schneider Electric has launched 100 Days of Possibility which highlights actionable ways for each country, city, or business to ready themselves for the consequences of overshoot.
For those who wish to get a glimpse of one’s personal ecological footprint, Global Footprint Network has launched a footprint calculator for you to calculate your ecological footprint.
An Ecological Footprint is the measurement of an individual or a population’s demand for plant-based food and fibre products, livestock and fish products, timber and other forest products, space for urban infrastructure, and forest to absorb its carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. Calculate your personal overshoot date here.
How To #MoveTheDate
Although it can be overwhelming to think about how one’s personal Footprint contributes to global overshoot, all are invited to explore steps to help #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day and create a sustainable future. Read more about Earth Overshoot Day here. There is also a free guide to learn about 6 actionable steps one can take to lower their impact here.