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What is Earth Overshoot Day?

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year.

Our engagement editor, Carlotta De Toni, discovered recently – using the footprintcalculator.org – that her date is 31 July. The date for humanity this year is 1 August; it was October just over 10 years ago. If we continue to use 1.7 earths of natural resources, we’ll kill the earth: our home. We can see the devastating effects of climate change in the erratic weather taking lives and destroying ecosystems worldwide; tweaking habits and business cultures won’t even scratch the surface, a transformation of behaviours at all levels is needed.

“We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than ecosystems can absorb,” the Earth Overshoot Day website states.

Check out the steps you can take to #MoveTheDate 

And pass it on… there is no Planet B.

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Iain Robertson
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Iain is an experienced writer, journalist and lecturer, who held editorships with a number of business focussed publications before co-founding and becoming editor of Innovators Magazine. Iain is also the strategic director for OnePoint5Media.

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