Earth Overshoot Day 2021
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 2021 lands on 29 July. The date is almost as early as 2019, after being momentarily pushed back in 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic-induced lockdowns. Notable drivers are the 6.6% carbon Footprint increase over last year, as well as the 0.5% decrease in global forest biocapacity 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.
Business-as-usual must be left behind !
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.
Calculate your ecological footprint
The Footprint Calculator computes for an individual how many planets would be needed if everyone on Earth had the same lifestyle than this individual. In order to do so, it calculates how much biologically productive area is needed to produce the resources for the human population and to absorb its carbon dioxide emissions.
Smart consumption Guides
Various applications and guides allow you to learn about responsible consumption and production, and change your habits. Here are some of them to start with.
The Biovision Foundation has created the platform CLEVER where consumers can evaluate the sustainability of everyday consumer products and find advice to have a responsible consumption.
The YUKA application created in France in 2017 and available in other countries including Switzerland, aims at informing consumers on the content of food and cosmetic products and guiding them towards a healthier consumption. It can help consumers to use less resources as it provides them with incentives to think about their consumption habits.
This application, available in Switzerland, gives consumers eco-tips to have a responsible consumption. For example, it gives advice on how to buy seafood, fruits and vegetables, souvenirs, and information on labels, among other things.
The Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard allows consumers to get information on their favorite brands to see if they are committed to a responsible palm oil future, free from deforestation and destruction of nature. It reveals information on 132 companies.
One Planet network is a multi-stakeholder partnership, adopted in 2012, that supports the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 12 – Responsible consumption and production – through various programs on, consumer information, food systems and tourism, among others.
Labelinfo.ch is a platform of the Pusch Foundation, allowing consumers to learn more on labels. Since 2015, it regroups information on the management, the environmental and social aspects, the processes and the controls of the major labels of the food sector.
More on sustainable consumption and production
Here’s what people around the world are sharing on social media to #MoveTheDate
#MoveTheDate Switzerland is a movement providing tips and suggestions to move the Overshoot Day date.
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 European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), published in April 2020, a joint study which assesses selected environmental footprints for Europe based on the concept of planetary boundaries.
Discover what is happening in Switzerland concerning the use of natural resources and which measures are taken to have a more efficient use. The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment creates reports and initiatives to reach this goal.
Learn more on the concept of “planetary boundaries” developed by the scientists Rockström et al. from the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
The Anatomy of Action, developed by UNEP and UnSchool, aims to define and communicate the most positively impactful actions anyone of us can take to contribute to a sustainable world. The 15 days challenge will give you ideas on what actions you can take.
In the framework of the European Green Deal, the European Union adopted a new Circular Economy Plan in March 2020. In the following document, you can discover the different measures of this plan.
One Planet Lab supports initiatives for a future more respectful of natural resources
In this report from 2017, WWF gives alternatives to consumers to reduce their clothing’s consumption, to take care and repair their clothes, to reuse through for example second-hand shops, and to recycle their clothes. Moreover, consumers can find information on the textile industry: WWF has assessed and compared the environmental
stewardship of 12 major brands.
Find more information on the Overshoot Day.