Earth Overshoot Day: We’ve already consumed more this year than the planet can regenerate

Humanity’s global demand for ecological resources this year has already exceeded those that the Earth can regenerate in 12 months, according to researchers. 
The point in time has been dubbed Earth Overshoot Day, which changes each year depending on consumption.

The day is identified by Global Footprint Network, an international research organisation that has recommend a range of tools that already exist that would push the date back.
It has also calculated country overshoot days, which is the date on which Earth Overshoot Day would fall if all of humanity consumed like the people in a given country.

Image: An infographic illustrating some of the country overshoot days in 2021 – see below for a list of all countries
If the world lived like the UK, this year it would have reached overshoot day by 19 May.

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If the world consumed in the equivalent way to Qatar, it would overshoot its ecological resources by 9 February.

The researchers calculate a county’s overshoot day by tallying up the supply available in the form of its biologically productive land and sea.

They also measure the population’s demand for resources, such as food, agriculture, forest and other products, and its capacity to absorb its carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change.
Countries have an overshoot day if the ecological footprint per person, measured in hectares, is greater than global biocapacity per person.
So not all countries will have an overshoot day.

Image: Researchers identified five key areas to tackle that currently define our long-term trends most strongly: planet, cities, food, energy and population
Global Footprint Network has also recommended tools to “help the human economy operate within Earth’s ecological limits”, thereby pushing back the overshoot day.
The tools they recommend include things like boosting resource efficiency in food production, highlighting the fact that animal calories are significantly more resource intensive than plant calories to produce.
They say a nutritionally balanced, vegetarian diet generates an ecological footprint 2.5 times lower than a diet comprising mostly animal-based proteins.

If we cut food waste in half worldwide, we would delay Earth Overshoot Day by 13 days, they said.
We could push it back a further 13 days by cutting our global footprint from driving by 50%, assuming one third of car miles were replaced by public transport and the rest by biking and walking.
Deploying commercial technologies for buildings, industrial processes, and electricity production, which already exist and are ready to go, could postpone Earth Overshoot Day at least 21 days, without any loss in productivity or comfort, according to their analysis.
List of all countries with an overshoot day in 2021
Qatar – 9 FebruaryLuxembourg – 15 FebruaryUnited Arab Emirates – 7 MarchBahrain – 9 MarchTrinidad and Tobago – 12 MarchCanada – 14 MarchMongolia – 14 MarchUS – 14 MarchKuwait – 14 MarchBermuda – 14 MarchOman – 22 MarchAustralia – 22 MarchEstonia – 23 MarchDenmark – 26 MarchAruba – 29 MarchBelgium – 30 MarchSouth Korea – 5 AprilLatvia – 6 AprilSweden – 6 AprilAustria – 7 AprilBrunei Darussalam – 8 AprilKazakhstan – 8 AprilLithuania – 10 AprilCayman Islands – 10 AprilFinland – 10 AprilNorway – 12 AprilSaudi Arabia – 12 AprilMalta – 13 AprilIsrael – 16 AprilRussia – 17 AprilCzech Republic – 17 AprilTurkmenistan – 22 AprilNetherlands – 27 AprilIreland – 27 AprilSlovenia – 30 AprilPoland – 4 MayGermany – 5 MayReunion – 5 MayJapan – 6 MayFrance – 7 MaySwitzerland – 11 MayMontserrat – 11 MaySlovakia – 13 MayItaly – 13 MayPortugal – 13 MayBhutan – 14 MayNew Zealand – 15 MayMartinique – 16 MayChile – 17 MayAntigua and Barbuda – 17 MayBelarus – 19 MayUK – 19 MayGreece – 22 MayMontenegro – 23 MayGuadeloupe – 25 MaySpain – 25 MayMalaysia – 30 MayCyprus – 31 MayFrench Polynesia – 1 JuneBarbados – 6 JuneCroatia – 6 JuneChina – 7 JuneHungary – 8 JuneBulgaria – 10 JuneBahamas – 10 JuneTurkey – 16 JuneBosnia and Herzegovina – 17 JuneLibyan Arab Jamahiriya – 18 JuneBritish Virgin Islands – 19 JuneRomania – 21 JuneLebanon – 25 JuneArgentina – 26 JuneTonga – 30 JuneIran – 30 JuneSouth Africa – 4 JulyParaguay – 8 JulyBolivia – 9 JulyGuyana – 10 JulyMauritius – 10 JulyNorth Macedonia – 10 JulyBrazil – 27 JulyFiji – 27 JulySuriname – 31 JulyGrenada – 31 JulySerbia 31 – JulyBotswana – 1 AugustUkraine – 8 AugustMexico – 11 AugustThailand – 15 AugustCosta Rica – 16 AugustSamoa – 20 AugustSaint Lucia – 22 AugustFrench Guiana – 8 SeptemberMauritania – 10 SeptemberAlgeria – 11 SeptemberDominica – 12 SeptemberVenezuela – 13 SeptemberPanama – 14 SeptemberDjibouti – 16 SeptemberViet Nam – 18 SeptemberGeorgia – 25 SeptemberGabon – 26 SeptemberTunisia – 28 SeptemberPeru – 29 SeptemberNamibia – 5 OctoberAlbania – 12 OctoberGhana – 13 OctoberLao People’s Democratic Republic – 20 OctoberUzbekistan – 20 OctoberEl Salvador – 21 OctoberAzerbaijan – 23 OctoberJordan – 30 OctoberColombia – 2 NovemberEswatini – 6 NovemberMoldova – 9 NovemberPapua New Guinea – 16 NovemberCuba – 17 NovemberJamaica – 19 NovemberIraq – 20 NovemberEquatorial Guinea – 20 NovemberArmenia – 21 NovemberGuatemala – 24 NovemberEgypt – 24 NovemberMorocco – 26 NovemberDominican Republic – 29 NovemberNicaragua – 2 DecemberCabo Verde – 6 DecemberEcuador – 7 DecemberMyanmar – 8 DecemberGuinea – 14 DecemberChad – 16 DecemberIndonesia – 18 DecemberSao Tome and Principe – 27 December

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