2 August 2017
By August 2, 2017, we will have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year.
We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester.We say “stop!” Stop to Earth Overshoot Day creeping up the calendar year after year, as our global Ecological Footprint expands further beyond what the planet can renew.
Currently, carbon emissions make up 60% of humanity’s Ecological Footprint. Consider this: If we cut carbon emissions in half, the date of Earth Overshoot Day would be pushed back by 76 days to October 17. This is possible, and would reduce humanity’s demand to the ecological resources of 1.2 planets instead of 1.7 as is the case now.
Over a year ago 190 countries committed to maintaining global warming below the 2 degree Celsius threshold. Imperfect as it may be, the Paris Climate Accord generated global goodwill and hope that humanity was ready at last to tackle its biggest challenge yet. On June 1st the Trump Administration reneged on America’s promise. We, in contrast are doubling up our commitment— together with many governments, businesses, NGOs, and individuals. Because it is necessary, possible and desirable to #movethedate.
Gaining 5 days every year is all it takes to bring humanity’s Ecological Footprint back to one planet before 2050. And solutions abound.