19 Apr 2019

Earth Overshoot Day 2018

For Christians all over the world, this Friday is a special day. For many conservationists, environmental enthusiasts, and climate activists, Fridays have been special since August 2018, when Greta Thunberg (@gretathunbergsweden) began a strike against school to raise awareness to the climatic situation of this planet. Ever since, the movement has been growing worldwide and people of all ages have started to join the movement from striking themselves, raising awareness, and forming new initiatives like Scientists for Future (@Scientists4Future).

Yet the seriousness of the problem we are all facing shows in many facades, one of them being the Overshoot Day. The Earth Overshoot Day is the calculated date on which the world’s resource consumption exceeds Earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources within the same year – and it has been getting earlier every year

It is even possible to pin down the Overshoot Day of each individual country. For example, if every person in the world had the same Ecological Footprint as the average person of that country, the World Overshoot Day would fall on the same date as that country’s Overshoot Day. The earliest Country Overshoot Day of 2018 was in the beginning of February, while most congregated in March, April, May, and June.

The issues we are facing are manifold and we have thus decided to start a series of examples of environmental problems and solution approaches. We hope that this approach will help us to better understand the different aspects and interactions of the global system and cast a light on the scientific background on what initiatives like #FridaysForFuture and #ScienceForFuture are fighting for.