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.


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

Now that you’ve learned about a step that you can take in your personal life, check out some of the many existing city-focused solutions that companies, cities, and countries can deploy at scale to help humanity reach one-planet prosperity.

Circular Companies: Recycling and Refurbishing


Low-Carbon Circular Concrete

Eberhard AG

Smart Cities

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Sustainable and Integrated Urban Living

Humanscapes Habitat

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Construction Waste Recycler

Eberhard AG

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Infill Housing Development

High Performance Glass

Urban Trees


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Carbon Neutral Cities

The Alliance for Carbon Neutrality: Siena

Egyptian Smart Grid

Lending Libraries