This year Earth Overshoot Day falls on August 1. It is one day earlier than last year and two weeks earlier than 10 years ago.
Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when we (all of humanity) have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year. At the moment we are using 1.7 Earths. We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than ecosystems can absorb.
Last spring 3 Step IT launched a three week campaign to #movethedate. With our campaign we hoped to highlight the importance of individual actions in making a difference for our planet.
We will continue our actions towards more sustainable practices in the coming fall. Our next campaign will launch in the end of August and we want to challenge You to participate. Can you make pledge for September? Go vegetarian, share rides or start recycling all your trash!
Earth Overshoot Day is hosted and calculated by Global Footprint Network, an international think tank that coordinates research, develops methodological standards and provides decision-makers with a menu of tools to help the human economy operate within Earth’s ecological limits. Their solution to moving the date is based on reducing the ecological footprint of individuals, cities and countries. The network identifies four key factors in ending overshoot: how we build and operate our cities, how we provide energy, how we feed ourselves, and how many we are.