To include the impacts from the coronavirus pandemic this year, Global Footprint Network combined the most reliable data and formed the most reasonable assumptions to assess humanity’s current resource situation.
Changes in carbon emissions, forest harvest, food demand, and other factors that could impact global biocapacity or the Ecological Footprint from January 1 to Earth Overshoot Day were evaluated. The main drivers were the carbon Footprint (reduced 14.5% from 2019) and the forest product Footprint (reduced 8.4% from 2019). Check out the highlights and/or the detailed research report explaining how the date of Earth Overshoot Day was calculated.
Take a Step to #MoveTheDate
We know it can be overwhelming to think about how your personal Footprint contributes to global overshoot.
The truth is, you can take steps to chip away at your impact on the planet.
Explore Solutions to #MoveTheDate
Thriving lives within the means of our planet are not out of reach. Plenty of solutions exist in five major areas
for improving sustainability: planet, cities, energy, food, and population.
How we help nature thrive
Humanity’s quality of life is dependent on the health of our planet’s biological resources including fertile soil, clean water, and clean air necessary for humanity to thrive. Learn More
How we design and manage cities
Eighty percent of the world population is expected to live in cities by 2050. City planning and urban development strategies are instrumental to balancing the supply of natural capital and population’s demand. Learn More
How we power ourselves
Decarbonizing the economy is our best possible chance to address climate change, and would improve the balance between our Ecological Footprint and the planet’s renewable natural resources. Learn More
How we produce, distribute, and consume food
How we meet one of our most basic needs–food–is a powerful way to influence sustainability. Sourcing food locally and avoiding highly processed foods can lower the Ecological Footprint. Learn More
How many of us there are
Being committed to everyone living secure lives in a world of finite resources requires addressing population growth. Empowering women is essential for global sustainability. Learn More
September 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT / 3:00 PM BST / 4:00 PM CET
Reducing humanity’s ecological footprint while simultaneously improving social well-being is obviously beneficial. This is also becoming true for companies, since those which offer products and services that enable humanity’s long-term success build a long-term advantage into their business strategy. Those who do not risk obsolescence, as explained in a new e-book by Schneider Electric and Global Footprint Network. In the webinar, Mathis Wackernagel, founder of Global Footprint Network, discussed with Esther Finidori and Amy Haddon from Schneider Electric how companies that prepare themselves for one-planet prosperity are better primed to attain and maintain a competitive advantage and resiliency. Recordings will be available shortly.
Earth Overshoot Day Virtual Trivia Night
August 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET
Test your sustainability knowledge and win great prizes! Global Footprint Network and the Center for Biological Diversity hosted the entertaining #EarthOvershootDay Virtual Trivia Night!
Scottish Parliament Event
August 24, 2020 at 6:00 pm CEST / 9:00 am PST
A conversation with representatives of all 5 Scottish parties to explore the business case for one-planet prosperity. More details on the participants area available here. They discussed options and aspirations for Scotland to #MoveTheDate. The recording is available here.
Viernes Por El Futuro Ecuador #diadelsobregiro
Viernes 21 de agosto 2020 18h00 (GMT -5)
Movilízate de forma sostenible y #MueveLaFecha. Conversatorio el mundo detrás de tu transporte.
Global Articulation to Combat the Climate Emergency
August 21, 2020 at 8:00 PM UTC
The uncontrolled growth of human activities has had numerous impacts on the planet’s climate and natural ecosystems. What transformations can help our human society improve resilience? As we seek ways to adapt to foreseeable changes ahead, the Museum of Tomorrow invites physicist and world-renown climate change expert Paulo Artaxo and economist Ana Toni, executive director of Instituto Clima e Sociedade (iCS) and founding partner of GIP (Public Interest Management). The debate took place in Portuguese and is available here. It is part of the Museum’s YouTube channel.
Dia del Sobregiro de la Tierra 2020 Webinar
August 21, 2020 at 19:00 (GMT -4)
Será sólo efecto del #covid_19 o será que hemos entendido y tomado acciones responsables para mover esta fecha? Porqué en Chile fue 18 de Mayo este año? Qué significa la huella ecológica y qué tiene que ver nuestro estilo de vida en ella? Estas y otras preguntas serán las que discutimos junto a nuestro invitado estelar, Bernardo Reyes, ecólogo y socio fundador de AdC Circular.
European Earth Overshoot Day Launch
August 20, 2020 at 7:00-8:00 AM UTC
The challenge of relaunching our economies presents countries with a unique chance to act on the future we want. The Club of Rome and Global Footprint Network joined forces to mark Earth Overshoot Day with the launch of the Planetary Emergency Plan 2.0. This public combined live engagement with video messages from ‘green champions’ from the public and private sector from throughout Europe and made the case for ‘building back better’ post-COVID. Some argued for working until we have an “Earth Undershoot Day”. Watch event recording here.
Shaping the future – How do we want to live?
ongoing through December 2020
How will everyday life look in the year 2040? The exhibition presents three possible futures for a world that has resolved to largely forgo fossil-based raw materials. Instead biobased resources such as plants, animals and microorganisms are used. The opportunities and risks of such a system – a bioeconomy – are shown in the exhibition.
Let yourself be inspired and be part of the exhibition: submit climate-friendly recipes or personal tips for more sustainability in order to move the date of Earth Overshoot Day. More Information
Global Earth Overshoot Day Launch
August 20, 2020 at 5:00-6:30 PM UTC
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the University of Glasgow, and Global Footprint Network launched Earth Overshoot Day by teaming up with Scotland’s most progressive business leaders, thinkers and young people. Watch event recording here.
By the Numbers
Earth Overshoot Day is an initiative of Global Footprint Network, an international research organization that is changing the way the world measures and manages its natural resources. The date of Earth Overshoot Day is calculated with data from Global Footprint Network’s National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts, available for free at data.footprintnetwork.org.