Green Tip: Earth Overshoot Day

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Image: Global Footprint Network

What is Earth Overshoot Day?

Earth Overshoot Day refers to the day when our global resource consumption exceeds the Earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources in that year.  This year our Earth Overshoot Day was July 29th, meaning we have already surpassed the amount of resources we could have used sustainably in 2019. If we want to achieve a truly sustainable future, we need to use data like this to inform us of the impacts of our choices.

How many planets would we need if everyone lived like you?

Your personal impact depends on factors such as how often you eat animal-based products (meat and dairy), how often you travel, and what percentage of your home’s energy comes from renewable resources.

This ecological footprint calculator will ask you to gauge certain aspects of your lifestyle such as your diet, housing accommodations, commute style, and many more! Afterwards, it will tell you how many earths we would need if everyone lived like you. Click here to find out!

Hopefully this calculator can give us all a new perspective on our environmental impact and encourages us to make some lifestyle changes!