'Earth Overshoot Day' is earliest its ever been - 1st August
by Abi Aldridge
What's Going On Here?
This week it was announced that Earth Overshoot Day will fall on the 1st August - the earliest it’s ever been.
Humans are using up the planet’s resources so quickly that the world’s population has used a year’s worth in just seven months.
What Does This Mean?
Earth Overshoot Day marks the point at which we’ve used a year’s worth of resources. The day is calculated by the Global Footprint Network which compares how much carbon, crops, food, water, forests we’re consuming with the planet’s ability to regenerate and absorb the carbon emitted from the consumption.
Each year, Earth Overshoot Day falls on a different day depending on how much we’ve used. You’d hope that the more we know about our impact on the planet, the more we’d change and the less we’d exploit it – but the graph below shows that this isn’t the case. We’re using more resources than ever! The red below shows increasing amounts of ‘unsustainable consumption’.
Why Should We Care?
This year’s date means that we would need 1.7 earths to maintain our current rate of consumption, and as the t-shirts all say ‘there is no Planet B’. We don’t have spare planets so it’s important for each of us to protect this one.
How many planets would we need if everyone lived like you? Apparently, we’d need 2.1 if everyone lived like me - I’ve got some work to do!
Calculate your footprint to find out your personal Overshoot Day. This handy tool gives you loads of great ideas on where you can cut back and change your habits - from cutting down on meat and dairy to making your home more energy efficient.
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