Earth Overshoot Day: We’ve Used Up 2017’s Resources Already

Humanity has already used a year’s worth of planetary resources such as water, soil and clean air. Research organisation Global Footprint Network (GFN) declared 2nd August the earlier Earth Overshoot Day ever. This is the day when, since the start of the year, we’ve already used all the resources the earth can regenerate in a year. GFN have calculate that we’ve been overshooting every year since 1971 and it’s occurring earlier each year.

If we could delay Earth Overshoot Day by an extra 4.5 days each year we could be back on track to using the earth’s resource sustainably by 2050. To help achieve this the organisation has launched a mobile friendly ecological footprint calculator: