Wednesday, August 1 is Earth Overshoot Day, a day promoted by the Global Footprint Network to bring awareness to how quickly humans use the Earth's available resources. But what does Earth Overshoot Day mean? It means that, starting from January 1st of this year, we have used up all of the total resources that Earth can regenerate in a single year--but only in seven months! This year’s date is only up one day from last year (August 2), but five months earlier than the first Earth Overshoot Day in 1970 (December 29).
While it may seem impossible to reduce consumption of our available resources, there are actually many ways in which you can #MoveTheDate back. If you’re composting at home, using your brown bin, dropping off food scraps, or enriching your soil with compost you’re already making major impacts! Click here to learn how organics diversion is helping us push back the date!