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 2021, it falls on 29 July. Here are resources on how we can #MoveTheDate.
Earth Overshoot Day 2021
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 2021, the Global Footprint Network, an award-winning international research and non-profit organization, combined data and formed the most reasonable assumptions to assess humanity’s resource situation.
29 July 2021: Earth Overshoot Day
In 2021, Earth Overshoot Day falls on 29 July, meaning that we are using the resources of 1.7 Earths. Already between 1 January 2021 and 29 July 29 2021, our demand for biological regeneration is equivalent to the planet’s entire annual regeneration. The main drivers were:
- Carbon footprint: An increase of 6.6% from 2020
- Global forest biocapacity: A reduction of 0.5% from 2020 due in large part to the spike in Amazon deforestation. In Brazil alone, 1.1 million hectares were lost in 2020 and estimates for 2021 indicate up to 43% year-over-year increase in deforestation.
In 2020, Earth Overshoot Day fell on 22 August, partly induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
100 Days of Possibility
100 Days of Possibility was unveiled on Earth Overshoot Day by the Global Footprint Network and the Scottish EPA.
The initiative features proven and scalable solutions that contribute to bringing humanity’s Ecological Footprint in balance with the biological resources that the planet’s natural ecosystems can sustainably regenerate.
For 100 days, from 29 July to COP 26, the initiative is showcasing many ways we can use existing technology to displace business as usual practices we can no longer afford, to #MoveTheDate.
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 2021 was on 11 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.
Environmental Footprint Calculator
The Global Footprint Calculator computes how many planets we would need depending on our lifestyle.
The WWF Environmental Footprint Calculator indicates how big is our environmental footprint and helps us take steps in helping the planet.
Smart Consumption Guides
Various applications and guides allow us to learn about responsible consumption and production and change our habits.
Biovision has created CLEVER to evaluate the sustainability of everyday consumer products and receive advice on responsible consumption.
WWF provides eco-tips on responsible consumption such as how to buy seafood, fruits, vegetables, and even souvenirs.
Labelinfo.ch allows us to learn more about labels by providing information on the management, environmental and social aspects, processes and controls of major food brands.
YUKA aims to inform us on the content of food and cosmetic products, guiding us towards a healthier consumption by using less resources.
One Planet Network provides us with information on food systems and tourism, among others.
Sustainable Consumption and Production
Learn about what people around the world are sharing on social media to #MoveTheDate.
#MoveTheDate Switzerland is a movement providing tips and suggestions to move the Swiss Overshoot Day.
Sustainable Development Goal 12 – Responsible consumption and production – aims to create a sustainable consumption and production by using less natural resources, by increasing resource efficiency and by promoting sustainable lifestyles.
The Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard provides information on companies to see if they are committed to a responsible palm oil future.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), published in April 2020, a joint study assessing selected European environmental footprints based on the concept of planetary boundaries.
Discover what is happening in Switzerland concerning the use of natural resources and the measures taken for their more efficient use.
Learn more on the concept of “planetary boundaries” from the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
The Anatomy of Action, developed by UNEP and UnSchool, aims to define and communicate the most positively impactful actions we can take to contribute to a sustainable world, such as the 15 Days Challenge.
Learn about creative solutions and innovative initiatives from private companies and public organizations to make the Swiss economy more circular.
Within the framework of the European Green Deal, the European Union adopted a new Circular Economy Plan in March 2020.
One Planet Lab supports initiatives for a future more respectful of natural resources.
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- Dealing with Global Carbon Debt | Science Daily | 8 July 2021
- By July 29 2021 We Will Have Used Our Annual Quota of the Earth’s Biological Resources | My Green Pod | 6 June 2021
- Earth Overshoot Day Creeps Back to July 29 | Global Footprint Network and Scottish Environment Protection Agency | 4 June 2021
- Switzerland Overshoot Day 2021 | Geneva Environment Network
- Environmental Sustainability in the Fashion Industry | Geneva Environment Network
- Wednesdays for the Planet: The Clothes We Wear | Geneva Environment Network | 17 March 2021
- Overshoot Day 2020 | Geneva Environment Network