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 (definition by https://www.overshootday.org/about/)

Earth Overshoot Day records started in 1970, with the first overshoot day being recorded on the 29th December 1970.  Over the years this date has moved as the demand on the Earth’s resources have increased. To help demonstrate this, here are a selection of recorded dates.

1975 – 30th November

1985 – 4th November

1995 – 4th October

2005 – 25th August

2015 – 5th August

2019 – 29th July

2020 – 22nd August

You will see from these dates, that the day the Earth’s resources are being used is slowly creeping up the calendar each year.  You will also notice that in 2020 the date moved back one month due to the impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The Global ecological footprint reduced by 9.3% compared to the same period last year (https://www.overshootday.org/2020-calculation/).

Solutions

Earth Overshoot Day has identified five key areas which can help in moving the date back.

Planet – helping nature to thrive, Cities – how these are built and managed, Energy – how cities, businesses and homes are powered, Food – how food is produced, distributed and consumed, and finally Population.

All of the five key areas link with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals were introduced by the UN, and adopted by all UN member states, in 2015. The collective aim of the goals is to end universal poverty, protect the planet and improve everyone’s lives, regardless of where they live.

Sustainable Investing

One of the way’s we can also help to move the Earth Overshoot Day back, is by investing in companies and projects that are making a difference to improve the world and will help achieve the UN Sustainable development Goals. The Positive Pennine Portfolios have been designed to do good and avoid harm by focusing on sustainable and responsible investing, in line the UN Sustainable Development Goals, while at the same time making money on investments.

For more information about how you can choose pensions and investments with a social and environmental conscience, have a look at our website www.positivepennine.co.uk.

If you would also like more information about Earth Overshoot Day, please visit their website https://www.overshootday.org/about/


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