It’s been a quiet time on our end in August, in the wake of Earth Overshoot Day. As the new school year kicks in, we’re excited to be back on deck and are looking forward to some exciting projects going forward.

We’re proud to announce that more than 1,800 members have joined #MoveTheDate Solutions community, contributing more than 500 solutions! A warm welcome to all of you who joined recently. And a special shout-out to all the students – and some teachers – who posted solutions in Léon, Mexico!

Today, we announce the first #MoveTheDate Solutions contest: 

  1. Members have until September 22 to vote for their favorite solution in the Food
  2. We, at Global Footprint Network, will take a close look at the 5 solutions which receive the highest number of thumbs-up and comments. From those, we will identify the winner based on its potential to #MoveTheDate.
  3. The winning solution will be promoted on the map, as well as in our newsletter to half-a-million subscribers and on our social media channels.

THE FINE PRINT: Our goal is to give visibility, with your help, to solutions that already exist, meaning they have been implemented, have shown results, and are replicable. Only detailed solutions are eligible to win, meaning they have a precise location, a thorough description, and a picture, video, and/or links to more information about the project. Please keep these criteria in mind as you pick your winning solution. And most importantly, have fun with it!

We can’t wait to see what solutions emerge by September 22. In the meantime, happy exploring!

EXTRA: An “Education, training” subcategory was added to all categories. Feel free to go back and edit your solutions to click that tag if needed.

Wondering how you can help #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day towards one-planet living?

You’re in the right place. Since we launched the Earth Overshoot Day campaign in 2006, we’ve been calculating the date of Earth Overshoot Day each year for every year, going back to the early 1970s when the world first fell in ecological deficit. Over time, we’ve expanded this campaign to include Steps to #MoveTheDate so that anyone may feel empowered to take action in their own life. Because if we #MoveTheDate five days out every year, we’d be under one planet before 2050. More than ever we understand that #MoveTheDate can’t stop at Earth Overshoot Day and must live throughout the year. The movement keeps growing. There’s no time to lose. We need you. We depend on you. Please consider supporting our work for as little as $5. One hundred dollars helps us generate 2 million media impressions during Earth Overshoot Day. Thank you!