This year’s “Earth Overshoot Day” has moved back by nearly a month and now lands on the 29 July. The day marks when humanity’s demand for resources ‘overshoots’ or exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. Last year’s overshoot day took place on 22 August due to a drop in carbon emission due to the Covid-19 pandemic so we were operating in an “ecological deficit” for the rest of the four months. According to the Global Footprint Network (GFN), an international research organisation which calculates the date, humanity’s “ecological footprint” has increased by 6.6 per cent over the last year as Covid restrictions ease. So we’ll now be overshooting by five months instead of four.
Ahead of the COP26 climate conference, which will take place in autumn this year, the Leader of Glasgow City Council Councillor Susan Aitken said: “Let Earth Overshoot Day be our call to arms.”
“In November the eyes of the world will be on Glasgow, host of COP26, the climate summit that needs to make the decisions that will deliver our planet on a safer and more sustainable future. We’ve got the opportunity here in Glasgow to show the world what we’re doing, coalescing together as a city to show real change, to respond to the climate and ecological emergency.”
But this date is the world average – the date would change significantly if other countries started consuming the way the US does and would fall on 14 March.
If everyone started living like Indonesians we won’t be overshooting by much as the day would land on 18 December.
From : pk.mashable.com