Today, April 12, is Norway’s Overshoot Day, the day when the earth’s resources for this year have been used up if everyone in the world lived as we do in Norway. It is only 4 months into the year. For the rest of the year, we Norwegians will use more resources than the earth can renew.
In 2019, the date was April 18. Last year it was also April 12.
Earth Overshoot Day is calculated by dividing the planet’s biocapacity, the Earth’s annual ecological resources, by mankind’s use of resources that year. It is calculated based on figures from the UN and is calculated by the Global Footprint Network.
Global over-consumption occurs when humanity’s annual demand for goods and services exceeds what the earth’s ecosystems manage to renew within a year. This day shows that Norwegian consumption is not sustainable; we use much more resources than the earth is able to renew. We must reduce our consumption.
Global Footprint Network collaborates with several organizations, including WWF.
You can read more about how the numbers are calculated here:
And here: http://data.footprintnetwork.org/