Earth Overshoot Day: we have already consumed more this year than the planet can regenerate

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Earth Overshoot Day: we have already consumed more this year than the planet can regenerate


Humanity’s global demand for ecological resources this year has already exceeded what the Earth can regenerate in 12 months, the researchers say.

The moment has been dubbed Earth Overshoot Day, which changes every year according to consumption.

The day is identified by Global Footprint Network, an international research organization that has recommended a range of already existing tools that would push back the date.

He also calculated the Country Overshoot Days, which is the date on which Earth Overshoot Day would fall if all of humanity consumed like the inhabitants of a given country.

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An infographic showing some of the country’s overtaking days in 2021 – see below for a list of all countries

If the world lived like the UK, this year it would have reached Overtaking Day on May 19.

If the world consumed in the same way as Qatar, it would exceed its ecological resources by February 9.

Researchers calculate a county’s overrun day by counting the available supply in the form of its biologically productive land and sea.

They also measure people’s demand for resources, such as food, agriculture, forestry and other products, and their ability to absorb their carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change.

Countries have an overrun day if the ecological footprint per person, measured in hectares, is greater than the global biocapacity per person.

Thus, not all countries will have an overrun day.

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Researchers have identified five key areas to address that currently most strongly define our long-term trends: planet, cities, food, energy and people.

Global Footprint Network also recommended tools to “help the human economy operate within the ecological limits of the Earth”, pushing back the day of overstepping.

The tools they recommend include things like improving resource efficiency in food production, pointing out that animal calories are much more resource intensive than plant calories to produce.

They say a nutritionally balanced vegetarian diet generates an ecological footprint 2.5 times smaller than a diet made up mostly of animal protein.

If we halved the world’s food waste, we would delay Earth Overtake Day by 13 days, they said.

We could push it back another 13 days by reducing our global driving footprint by 50%, assuming that a third of the kilometers driven by car are replaced by public transport and the rest by biking and walking.

The deployment of commercial technologies for buildings, industrial processes and power generation, which already exist and are ready for operation, could postpone Earth Overshoot Day by at least 21 days, without any loss in productivity or comfort, according to their analysis.

List of all countries with an overrun day in 2021

Qatar – February 9
Luxembourg – February 15
United Arab Emirates – March 7
Bahrain – March 9
Trinidad and Tobago – March 12
Canada – March 14
Mongolia – March 14
United States – March 14
Kuwait – March 14
Bermuda – March 14
Oman – 22 mars
Australia – March 22
Estonia – March 23
Denmark – March 26
Aruba – 29 mars
Belgium – March 30
South Korea – April 5
Latvia – April 6
Sweden – April 6
Austria – April 7
Brunei Darussalam – April 8
Kazakhstan – 8 avril
Lithuania – April 10
Cayman Islands – April 10
Finland – April 10
Norway – April 12
Saudi Arabia – April 12
Malta – April 13
Israel – April 16
Russia – April 17
Czech Republic – April 17
Turkmenistan – April 22
Netherlands – April 27
Ireland – April 27
Slovenia – April 30
Poland – May 4
Germany – May 5
Meeting – May 5
Japan – May 6
France – May 7
Switzerland – May 11
Montserrat – May 11
Slovakia – May 13
Italy – May 13
Portugal – 13 ma
Bhutan – May 14
New Zealand – May 15
Martinique – 16 mai
Chili – 17 mai
Antigua and Barbuda – May 17
Belarus – May 19
United Kingdom – May 19
Greece – May 22
Montenegro – May 23
Guadeloupe – May 25
Spain – May 25
Malaysia – May 30
Cyprus – May 31
French Polynesia – June 1
Barbados – June 6
Croatia – June 6
China – June 7
Hungary – June 8
Bulgaria – June 10
Bahamas – June 10
Turkey – June 16
Bosnia and Herzegovina – June 17
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya – June 18
British Virgin Islands – June 19
Romania – June 21
Lebanon – June 25
Argentina – June 26
Tonga – June 30
Iran – June 30
South Africa – July 4
Paraguay – July 8
Bolivia – July 9
Guyana – July 10
Mauritius – July 10
North Macedonia – July 10
Brazil – July 27
Fiji – July 27
Suriname – July 31
Granada – July 31
Serbia 31 – July
Botswana – August 1
Ukraine – August 8
Mexico – August 11
Thailand – August 15
Costa Rica – August 16
Samoa – August 20
Saint Lucia – August 22
French Guiana – September 8
Mauritania – September 10
Algeria – September 11
Dominica – September 12
Venezuela – September 13
Panama – September 14
Djibouti – September 16
Viet Nam – September 18
Georgia – September 25
Gabon – September 26
Tunisia – September 28
Peru – September 29
Namibia – October 5
Albania – October 12
Ghana – October 13
Lao People’s Democratic Republic – October 20
Uzbekistan – October 20
Salvador – October 21
Azerbaijan – October 23
Jordan – October 30
Colombia – November 2
Eswatini – November 6
Moldova – November 9
Papua New Guinea – November 16
Cuba – November 17
Jamaica – November 19
Iraq – November 20
Equatorial Guinea – November 20
Armenia – November 21
Guatemala – November 24
Egypt – November 24
Morocco – November 26
Dominican Republic – November 29
Nicaragua – December 2
Cape Verde – December 6
Ecuador – December 7
Burma – December 8
Guinea – December 14
Chad – December 16
Indonesia – December 18
Sao Tome and Principe – December 27

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