What is ‘Earth Overshoot Day’?
Earth Overshoot Day is the date when humanity’s demand for natural resources and services in a given year period exceeds what Earth can ecologically regenerate in the same year.
Why is this important?
If the population continues to grow at the same rate, by 2050 we will need the resources of THREE planets to sustain the way in which we are living and using resources currently. 2020 was the first year that the Overshoot occurred later (by 24 days) primarily due to the pandemic and widespread global lockdown. The date generally occurs earlier year on year, and as the world has started to reopen following the pandemic of the last 18 months, it is clear that 2021 has reversed the pattern, with this year’s Overshoot almost a whole month earlier than 2020.
How can we continue to push back Earth Overshoot Day?
There are actions that we can all take to promote responsible consumption and move Earth Overshoot Day backwards:
- Move towards a plant-based diet by replacing some meaty meals with vegetarian options
- Use carbon free travel, such as walking or cycling
- Reduce your food waste by recycling, composting or freezing
- Promote nature by planting trees, growing your own fruit and veg and joining a litter picking group
- Reuse and upcycle clothing, or buy second hand
For more tips and information, visit our learning page for Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production!