13 May 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. Find here tips and useful resources to help you taking steps to #MoveTheDate.

Earth Overshoot Day 2022

Each year, Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity has used all the biological resources that Earth can renew during the entire year. Earth Overshoot Day is hosted and calculated by Global Footprint Network, an international research organization that aims to provide information and solutions to live in the means of the planet.

In 2021, Earth Overshoot Day landed on 29 July, almost a month before the 2020 date (22 August) due to gradual post-pandemic reprisals. Nevertheless, pandemic-related lockdowns, borders’ shutdowns, travel restrictions, curfews that have been implemented around the world for the past 2+ years, are still having an impact on humanity’s Ecological Footprint in 2022.

Explore the open data platform, hints and last year’s calculation to gauge your best estimate for Earth Overshoot Day 2022.  The Guess-the-date contest aims to foster a better understanding of what Earth Overshoot Day is all about and why solutions to #MoveTheDate are crucial to achieving sustainability, as defined by humanity’s ability to live within the means of our one planet. To help you with this activity, a Lesson Plan has been created (ideal for grades 6-8, but adaptable for other grade levels).

The deadline to submit your calculation methodology and result below is on 22 May 2022 on International Day for Biological Diversity . The date of Earth Overshoot Day 2022, as well as the winner of the contest, will be announced on 5 June on World Environment Day.

Switzerland Overshoot Day 2022

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 falls on 13 May. From this date onwards, Switzerland will be living on credit at the expense of future generations. If the world’s population had the same lifestyle as Swiss citizens, the resources of 2.8 planets would be necessary to ensure its existence.


Reduce your ecological footprint

Find more resources to reduce your own ecological footprint and learn more about sustainable consumption and production in our update on the topic.

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