About Earth Overshoot Day…

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when the human population’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can naturally regenerate in that year. This year, that date is the 2nd August, the earliest it has ever been.To determine the date of Earth Overshoot Day for each year, Global Footprint Network calculates the number of days of that year that Earth’s biocapacity suffices to provide for humanity’s Ecological Footprint. The remainder of the year corresponds to global overshoot. Earth Overshoot Day is computed by dividing the planet’s biocapacity (the amount of ecological resources Earth is able to generate that year), by humanity’s Ecological Footprint (humanity’s demand for that year), and multiplying by 365.

The Global Footprint Network say that gaining 5 days every year is all it takes to bring humanity’s Ecological Footprint back to one planet before 2050. For more information about Earth Overshoot Day, please click here

The Society for the Environment would like to produce an article (or many) about the impacts created from humanity’s increasing Ecological Footprint compared to the Earth’s biocapacity, or indeed the possible solutions. They would very much like this to come from their environmental professionals who can touch on their expert knowledge to give an insightful view on the subject. They would therefore be very grateful if any CEnv members  would be interested in contributing to this. Please contact iain.turner@ifm.org.uk for more details.