Earth Overshoot 2021

What Does it Mean to Operate in Overshoot?

We calculate the number of days of that year that Earth’s biocapacity suffices to provide for humanity’s Ecological Footprint. The remainder of the year corresponds to global overshoot. Earth Overshoot Day is computed by dividing the planet’s biocapacity (the amount of ecological resources Earth is able to generate that year), by humanity’s Ecological Footprint (humanity’s demand for that year), and multiplying by 365, the number of days in a year.

The Global Ecological Footprint and biocapacity metrics are calculated using annual United Nations statistics, these accounts incorporate the latest data and the most updated accounting methodology. The method has been criticized as not all inclusive, but even the skeptical scientists concur that “the initiative has value in its simplicity as a way of increasing awareness about the impacts of human activities on ecosystems and the planet.”

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footprintnetwork.org/our-work/earth-overshoot-day.
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