28 Jul 2022
Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. In 2022, it falls on 28 July, showing no significant progress compared to the previous year.
Earth Overshoot Day
Each year, Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when we have used all the biological resources that the Earth can renew during the entire year. To determine the date of Earth Overshoot Day, the Global Footprint Network, an award-winning international research and non-profit organization, combines data and forms the most reasonable assumptions to assess humanity’s resource situation.
28 July 2022
In 2022, Earth Overshoot Day falls on 28 July. This means that humanity currently uses 75% more than what the planet’s ecosystems can regenerate.From Earth Overshoot Day until the end of the year, humanity operates on ecological deficit spending. The date falls one day earlier than last year, showing that humanity has continued to widen its annual ecological deficit. In 2020, the date was exceptionally pushed back by 24 days due to pandemic-induced resource-use reductions; however two years after, this progress was only temporary as the date of this year shows.
Power of Possibility
Leading up to Earth Overshoot Day and stemming from 100 Days of Possibility campaign launched in 2021, the Power of Possibility platform highlights many ways we can improve our resource security.
Country Overshoot Days
A Country Overshoot Day reflects the ecological footprint of a country by comparing the population’s demand and the nation’s biocapacity.
Switzerland’s Overshoot Day 2022 was on 13 May. From this date onwards, Switzerland is living on credit at the expense of future generations. If the world’s population had the same lifestyle as Swiss citizens, the resources of three planets would be necessary to ensure its existence.
Take a Step to Move the Date
Calculate your environmental footprint, get inspired by intiatives around the world and discover concrete actions to push back the date of Overshoot Day through our resource page below.
- Earth Overshoot Day 2022: Ecuador’s Minister of Environment calls for “seizing the ecological power to shape our future | Official Press Release | 28 July 2022
- L’humanité vit à crédit | WWF Suisse | 25 July 2022
- This year’s Earth Overshoot Day falls on July 28 | Global Footprint Network | 5 June 2022