This year, Earth Overshoot Day falls on 13 August. The date represents the point in the year at which we have used up resources equivalent to those Earth produces in an entire year.
Earth Overshoot Day is particularly important this year because greenhouse gas emissions, which significantly contribute to our overshoot, will be addressed along with other issues related to global sustainability in Paris, France in December at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
According to the Global Footprint Network, we are currently consuming approximately 1.4 times more resources than Earth produces each year. If our population were to increase per the United Nations Population Division’s recently issued 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects, the demands we are making on our planet for resources would become much more unsustainable.
Our Overshoot Index, which is based on Global Footprint Network data, sets out the relationship between the level of consumption and renewable production in countries throughout the world.
There are many ways in which individuals can help to address overpopulation and overconsumption. We urge you to do so.