Earth Overshoot Day 2022

Earth Overshoot Day was on July 28 this year. It means that on that day, we had consumed everything the earth can produce on an annual basis. It is alarming that this day seems to occur earlier every year…!

Basically, it means that for everything we are to consume or produce in the remaining 2022 months, we will use the Earth’s reserves. You might also say that in order to meet our annual needs, we need 1.6 earths… Indeed, we have a real shortage and that shortage is steadily growing. In 2000, Earth Overshoot Day was on October 1; this year on July 28 – almost a month earlier than in 2021. One could compare an overshoot with a financial budget deficit. For 2022, it will be 42%. In 2020 – due to the pandemic – it was 37%.

Can we still turn the tide? According to calculations by World Wide Fund for Nature, Earth Overshoot Day would occur 17 days later, if we all eat 50% less meat. Mathis Wackernagel – chairman of the Global Footprint Network – states that research has shown that we are not only able to fight the climate and biodiversity crisis, but also protect our own country, city or company. Conclusion: concrete actions really help!