World Overshoot Day

By Holly Royce

Yesterday was World Overshoot Day.

Never heard of it? Well don’t get too excited.

World Overshoot Day (20th of August) marks the estimated date when the people on Earth have used up the planet’s annual supply of renewable natural resources and reached its carbon-absorbing capacity. After that point, people are using more than the planet can sustain. It’s a one-day reminder of a year-round problem — humans are living too large on a finite planet.

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Live science explains –

“According to the Global Footprint Network, Earth Overshoot day became an issue around 1975. That’s when humanity’s ecological footprint first exceeded the biocapacity of the planet.

Before that, people’s ecological footprint — measured as the area required to supply the food, fish, fiber and energy we consume every year — was within what the planet could sustain. In 1975, there were about 4.1 billion people. Today there are more than 7.3 billion. As the cumulative footprint of the population grows, Earth Overshoot Day moves two to three days earlier each year.”

“By 2050, the human population is projected to be about 9 billion people. Over that same time, demand for food, water and energy are expected to double. If you think about today’s consumption rate per billion people as a shopping cart, people are filling 7 shopping carts. Earth Overshoot Day is a reminder that such a high level of demand is already putting a huge ecological strain on our one planet. By 2050, 9 billion people will be filling twice as many carts per billion — for a total of 18 shopping carts. That’s a 150-percent increase in demand!”

How many planets does it take to support your lifestyle? – Click here to calculate your global foot print.

What can we do to make a difference?

One of the first steps is to change the mentality of the way people consume. This can be as simple as becoming an informed shopper, buying local, upcycling more and growing your own food. The 1 Million Women website has an activity center filled with suggestions, motivation and inspirational tips to help us make the most informed decisions on the way we are spending our money. Click below to join the community and join the fight against dangerous climate change!

We are daughters, mothers, sisters and grandmothers getting on with practical climate action to live better for us and the planet. Join the community at

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