With 60% of the world population projected to live in urban areas by 2030 and as much as 80% by 2050, the global effort for sustainability will be won, or lost, in the world’s cities. How we plan and develop our cities is therefore instrumental to balancing the supply of natural capital and population’s demand.

Tell your city leader(s) you care about sustainability and want your city to enact policies to help #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day.

Go to your city’s website, and find out more about its environmental policy and commitment. Identify what specific issue you want to support (renewable energy, recycling, adequate public transportation, green buildings, urban agriculture,…) Find out how to contact your local officials. Email them, tweet them, send them a letter, call them! If you email them, please include Global Footprint Network in the blind carbon copy (media@footprintnetwork.org) so we know you took this important step!

We are counting all the steps taken to #MoveTheDate. More steps mean more impact.

Tell us you’ve contacted your local officials on social media by tagging #MoveTheDate!

Rio de Janeiro City Hall, Brazil

More steps to #MoveTheDate

I join the #MoveTheDate movement

I jump in front of the camera

I jump in front of the camera

spread of colorful vegetables

I take on food waste

group of hands holding sprouts

I nurture nature

I travel with an eco-sensibility

I travel with an eco-sensibility

crowded city street

I start a population conversation

I streamline my wardrobe

I streamline my wardrobe

young woman sitting on floor looking at laptop

I dive into data

couple preparing vegetarian meal

I beef up my plant-based diet

two men in business suits riding bicycles

I commute carbon-free

I challenge my city leaders to #MoveTheDate

I challenge my city leaders to #MoveTheDate