Every year there is a specific day where humanity’s demand for Earth’s resources exceeds the amount that can be regenerated within twelve months. It continues to be earlier every year.
Ever heard of Earth Overshoot Day?
It is a day every year where our use of natural resources exceeds the amount our planet can regenerate for that year. Beyond that point, we’re overusing and excessively consuming to the point where Earth cannot cope.
July 29th is the date for 2021, continuing a trend that sees Earth Overshoot Day occur sooner with each year.
This change in date is occurring because our use of resources grows exponentially, while the stability and biocapacity of our planet is diminishing. In 1970 Earth Overshoot Day was December 30th – we’ve moved back nearly six months since then.
In a statement, Global Footprint Network CEO Laurel Hanscom noted that Covid-19 proved things can change quickly if we put our minds to it.
‘The pandemic demonstrated that societies can shift rapidly in the face of disaster, but being caught unprepared brought great economic and human cost’.
‘Let’s take decisive action now, wherever we are’.