Earth overshoot day

This year's Earth Overshoot Day fell on *insert date*. In line with trends over the past 20 years, humanity has reached Earth Overshoot Day earlier than ever before.

What is Earth Overshoot Day?

Earth Overshoot Day, previously known as Ecological Debt Day, is the day when we (all of humanity) have exhausted nature's budget for the year. The date is determined each year by Global Footprint Network, an independent think tank that was originally based in the United States, Belgium, and Switzerland. The calculation of 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. For the rest of the year, we are in debt with our planet. 

The burden of this debt has gotten heavier in the past 50 years. Below is a list of a couple of Earth Overshoot Days from previous years.

1970: December 29th

1985: November 4th

2000: September 23rd

2015: August 6th

2018: August 1st

2019: July 29th

Global Footprint Network calculates both a global Earth Overshoot Day and dates based on specific countries. The picture below clearly illustrates the different outcomes if all of humanity consumed like the population in a specific country.


Country Overshoot Days 2019 
When would Earth Overshoot Day land if the world's population lived like... 
Dec I Ecuador 
Dec 7 Iroq 
Dec 5 1 Nicaragua 
Dec I I Cubo 
NOV 25 1 Egypt 
NOV 13 Guatemala 
Oct 30 1 Ghana 
Oct 18 1 Colombia 
Oct 17 | El Salvador 
Oct 8 1 Viet Nam 
Sep 22 Panama 
Sep 17 1 Gabon 
Sep 5 1 Algeria, 
Aug 28 1 Thailand 
Aug 23 Venezuela 
Aug 17 1 Mexico 
Aug 10 1 Costa Rica 
Jul 31 1 Brazil 
Jul 1 Ukraine, Paraguay 
Dec 18 1 Indonesia 
Jul | Romania 
Jul 8 1 South Africa 
Jul 6 1 Iran, Bolivia 
Feb 16 1 Luxembourg 
Mar B I United Arab Emirates 
Mar Il I Kuw•oit 
Mar 15 1 United States Of America 
Mar Canada 
Mar 29 1 Denmark 
Mar 31 1 Australia 
Apr Finland, Belgium, Saudi Arabia 
Apr I O I Republic of Korea 
Apr 12 1 Singapore 
Apr Norway 
Apr 26 | Russia 
Apr 27 1 Slovenia, Ireland 
May 3 1 Israel, Germany 
1 Netherlands 
May 6 New Zealand 
May 91 Switzerland 
May 13 1 Japan 
May 1 France 
Ma 15 1 Ital 
May 17 United Kingdom 
Ma 19 1 Chile 
May 20 1 Greece 
May 26 | Portugal 
May 2B I Spain 
Jun 9 1 Bahamas 
Jun 12 1 Montenegro 
Jun | China 
Jun 26 | Argentina 
Source: Global Footprint Net*N0rk National Footprint Accounts 2019 
Global Footprint Network 

If you would like to determine your ecological footprint and personal Earth Overshoot Day, visit the following website to use Global Footprint Networks user-friendly calculator:

Small actions can make a big difference and there are effective solutions to #MoveThe Date ( of Overshoot. All of us play an important role in creating a world where we all live within our limits. 

Photo by Guillaume de Germain on Unsplash