Thursday, July 29, 2021 is Earth Overshoot Day! This means that the human community will have used within 7 months all of the natural resources that Earth can naturally replenish in one year. We are creating an earth deficit for the next 5 months. As a people, we need to reduce our use of earth’s resources.
Last year, 2020, Earth Overshoot Day was August 22nd . That was about 3 weeks later than earth overshoot day 2019 – a 9.3% reduction. It was estimated that this change was directly related to the coronavirus-induced lockdown resulting in a reduction of humanity’s ecological footprint. But this year earth overshoot day is again in July so the improvement was temporary.
Earth Overshoot Day is calculated by dividing the world’s bio-capacity (the amount of natural resources generated by Earth that year), by the world ecological footprint (humanity’s consumption of Earth’s natural resources for that year), and multiplying by 365, the number of days in one Gregorian common calendar year.
Our long standing and worsening pattern of overuse promises great suffering for the poor and vulnerable of the world. We need to embrace ecological healing as a long term and lifesaving strategy. Earth is our common home. For more information about Earth Overshoot Day https://www.overshootday.org
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