August 2, 2017, is Earth Overshoot Day, the day on which mankind has consumed more natural resources than the planet can renew throughout the whole of the year.
According to the campaign’s website, the date on which the ‘overshoot’ occurred has crept up the calendar becoming five days earlier each year.
A true comparison of Earth Overshoot Days can only be made using the same edition of Footprint data. #movethedate https://t.co/trCG5BGcr4 pic.twitter.com/P97pTQbFwS— Footprint Network (@EndOvershoot) July 13, 2017
It also highlights the disparity between countries which should be addressed if we want to move the date back rather than forward.
How many Earths would we need if everyone in the world lived the average lifestyle in your country? https://t.co/p2guqBNBJo #movethedate pic.twitter.com/jMWmc4AbY2— Footprint Network (@EndOvershoot) July 27, 2017
What can you do to help push back Earth Overshoot Day in 2018?
Try a vegetarian recipe
The Earth Overshoot Day’s website says that it takes 14 times as much biologically productive land to produce 907 kilograms, of beef than the same amount of grain.
It also explains that “global livestock is responsible for 9% of all anthropogenic carbon emissions,” and that cutting consumption is one way to reduce this figure.
The site suggests trying new vegetarian alternatives to your favourite meat-based meals would help reduce your ecological footprint.