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Earth Overshoot Day

Each year, Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity has used all the biological resources that Earth can renew during the entire year.

In 2020, the Earth Overshoot Day lands on 22 August, more than three weeks later than in 2019, which is a direct consequence of the coronavirus-induced lockdowns around the world. From Saturday 22 August until the end of the year, humanity is drawing in the stock of natural resources that Earth accumulated. Today humanity uses the equivalent of 1.6 Earths per year.

Our Update on Earth Overshoot Day lists tips and useful resources to help you taking steps to #MoveTheDate.

3rd Anniversary of the Minamata Convention

Three years ago, on 16 August 2017, the Minamata Convention on Mercury – a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from mercury – came into force. 2020 is a major deadline in the Convention. By the end of this year, its 123 Parties are required to cease the manufacture, import and export of many mercury-containing products listed in the Convention. #MakeMercuryHistory

To mark the 3rd anniversary of the Minamata Convention, its Secretariat has released video messages and other useful information. It is also the occasion to explore the introductory course to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, and other useful information about the Convention, available on the InforMEA portal.

GENeva, is the global hub for chemicals & health governance, hosting organizations and agreements, proposing this week online sessions on lead painting and plastic pollution. Check the list of events of the week.

Green Summer in Geneva

Take a look at our list of suggestions of environmental awareness activities to safely entertaining this summer in Geneva: exhibitions, workshops, shows, contests, outdoor activities and online resources. The page is regularly updated.

COVID-19 and the Environment

The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis that affects everyone. As the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said

The pandemic has exposed the fragility of our societies and economies to global shocks, such as disease or climate disruption.  As we recover, we must build back better for people and for the planet.

The Secretary General keeps reminding us, that we have a framework for action – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and has launched the UN Comprehensive Response to COVID-19.

Latest updates on COVID-19 and the environment

Our Update on COVID-19 and the environment lists relevant information, research, data and press releases on the environmental origins and impacts of the pandemic. Among the press releases and articles issued last week:

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