Photo Credit: Earth Overshoot Day

Today marks Earth Overshoot Day in Slovenia. 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 2021, we celebrated this day on 30 April, whereas this year, the day has come on 18 April or thirteen days earlier.

That is startling and alarming.

Although it may be overwhelming to think about the various impacts of global ecological overshoot such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and extreme weather events, thriving lives within the means of our planet are not out of reach.

#MoveTheDate Solutions map

The #MoveTheDate Solutions map is your go-to place to post and browse relevant information about active projects (“solutions”) that contribute to bringing human activity in balance with Earth’s ecological budget. This means moving the date of Earth Overshoot Day to December 31 or later.

Photo Credit: Earth Overshoot Day

Let’s take Switzerland’s 2022 overshoot day, for example, using the 2022 edition:

– The Ecological Footprint for Switzerland is 4.35 gha per person (in 2018)
– Global biocapacity is 1.6 gha per person (in 2018)

Therefore, it would take (4.35/ 1.6) = 2.75 Earths if everyone lived like the Swiss.

As the organisers of Conventa, we will continue our sustainability measures even more seriously. Our partners can also help us on our mission. Take a look at how exhibitors at Conventa can contribute below.

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