Earth Overshoot Day – Emptying The Cupboard

Country Overshoot Days 2020

I first came across the concept of Earth Overshoot Day in David Attenborough’s book ‘A Life on Our Planet’. It is calculated as the date in the calendar on which human-kind’s consumption for the year exceeds the Earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources in that year. It’s a bit like having a pantry or cupboard that constantly refills itself, but only at a certain pace, however, we are raiding the cupboard faster than it can renew itself. A country’s overshoot day is the date on which Earth Overshoot Day would fall if all of humanity consumed like the people in this country. In 2020 Ireland reached it’s overshoot date by 26th April. So if all of humanity lived as we do in Ireland the proverbial cupboard would be bare before we reached the month of May. Follow the link below the graphic to get high quality details.