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Earth Overshoot Day

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Earth Overshoot Day (EOD), previously known as Ecological Debt Day (EDD), is the calculated illustrative calendar date on which humanity’s resource consumption for the year exceeds Earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources that year. Earth Overshoot Day is calculated by dividing the world biocapacity, by the world ecological footprint, and multiplying by 365, the number of days in one Gregorian common calendar year. (Wikipedia )

Measures of the ecological footprint

  • Build-up land (Settlement footprint)
  • Forest land (Timber and Paper footprint)
  • Cropland (Food and Fiber footprint)
  • Fishing grounds (Sea Food footprint)
  • Grazing land footprint
  • Carbone (Energy footprint)

...compared to How fast nature can absorb our waste and generate new ressources.

Earth Overshoot Day in recent years :

  • 1987 - December 19
  • 1990 - December 7
  • 1995 - November 21
  • 2000 - November 1
  • 2005 - October 20
  • 2010 - August 21
  • 2015 - August 13
  • 2016 - August 8
  • 2017 - August 2
  • 2018 - ?

Interactive map of Global Footprint Network


If there is controversy about Earth Overshoot Day's calculation methods, the Global Footprint Network still has the merit of making people aware of the overexploitation of the planet that carries and nourishes us.

To find out more, visit the websites listed below.

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