Our world today is facing more extreme weather events, the world’s temperature is rising, our sea level is rising, Earth is facing greater challenges ahead with climate and resource crisis. Climate change is real, as for our limited resources on Earth, are we consuming much more than Earth being able to renew and replenish? Today on the 29th July 2021, it is Earth Overshoot Day. What is Earth Overshoot Day all about? How does it relate to climate change?
What is Earth Overshoot Day?
Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity consumes more from nature than the planet can renew within a year. For year 2021, Earth Overshoot Day falls on 29th July.
What is your Ecological Footprint? Take this simple quiz to find your ecological footprint!
What is your Ecological Footprint?
Ecological Footprint measures an individual or a population’s demand for plant-based food and fiber products, livestock and fish products, timber and other forest products, space for urban infrastructure, and forest to absorb its carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels.
In partnership with Schneider Electric, Global Footprint Network has launched a footprint calculator for you to calculate your ecological footprint.
Did you know?
A working adult in her 40s, who eats animal-based products a few times a week, but abstains from processed food, stays in a five-room HDB flat (Tip: you need to tick multi-storey apartment in the survey) with 4 family members has a personal Earth Overshoot Day on 15 April and will require 3.5 Earths if everyone lived like her.
And this is considering the reduced carbon footprint with work-from-home, zero overseas travel given the new normal.
On the other hand, another working individual in their 30s may be consuming more resources due to certain lifestyle differences such as travelling more often when taking a Grab & using less efficient appliances at home:
100 days of possibility
In conjunction with Earth Overshoot Day, Global Footprint Network, the Scottish EPA, and Schneider Electric will launch 100 Days of Possibility which highlights actionable ways for each country, city, or business to ready themselves for the consequences of overshoot. #MoveTheDate
Now we know the significance and importance of Earth Overshoot Day, let us be mindful and wary of our ecological footprint and our consumption from nature. We human beings, need to take a good look at our demand and consumption, our lifestyle and how we can now start to make the necessary changes for the sake and future of our planet Earth.
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