Earth Overshoot Day is the day of the year when humanity spent all of the resources allocated for that year. The allocation of resources is based on the amount of resources earth can regenerate in that year. This year the Earth Overshoot Day was on July 29, that means In a whopping ~8 months humanity spent all the resources that can be regenerated this year. The demand for natural resources is not something that recedes with time so, as of now this day is arriving faster than before.
The earth overshoot day is calculated by Global Footprint Network. This research organization calculates the number of days of that year that Earth’s bio-capacity suffices to provide for humanity’s Ecological Footprint. These calculations depend on the latest bio-capacity accounts and national footprints. You can find out more about how the earth overshoot day is calculated here.
Learning about Earth Overshoot Day brings forth an important question, How can we push back the date?
Fortunately we have the solution for this question. We are already in possession of the technology and methods that we can follow to push back the date. According to overshootday.org there are 5 key points on which we have to focus to push back the date. They are: Nature, How we proceed on building and managing cities, How we process and distribute our food, How we make our energy and our population. According to Global Footprint Network and Schneider Electric we could move back the date by 3 whole weeks by giving 100 percent of our buildings the existing renewable energy technology and further increasing energy efficiency. This show how change in a single sector of development in the future could effect the date. By pushing the date back we are hoping that we can sustain life with the available resources on the planet.
So, what role should one play in this #MoveTheDate?
Earth Overshoot Day is about how your footprint is directly affecting the planet. This day for organizations and businesses should be about how to make long term plans to better increase sustainability and reduce waste. For a country it should be about how to better organize resources and services to reduce waste and decrease dependence on harmful substances. As an individual it should be about how to lead a life with reduced footprint. As a whole for the humanity it should be about bringing normalcy and equilibrium to earth.