Today is Earth Overshoot Day: how to stay positive

By Quirijn Foeken | August 01, 2018
Quirijn Foeken

Today, August 1st, is Earth Overshoot Day: the day that humanity consumed more resources than that the Earth can regenerate. Decades of overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than ecosystems can absorb has caused this day taking place earlier and earlier every year. The last time we blogged about Earth Overshoot Day, it was on August 8th. 

Even though one could argue about the metrics used in the calculation of Earth Overshoot Day, scientists worldwide agree that human consumption of resources is an environmental problem we must face immediately. By just looking at the graph of Earth Overshoot Day, one can be overwhelmed by this news.


However, it’s important to stay positive and see the silver lining. The last few years environmentalism and sustainability have become mainstream. Companies all over the world are changing their policies to be more sustainable. We also see that young consumers are getting more and more conscious about their consumption and the origin of their products, as we have mentioned earlier. 

But the main reason to be positive is because humankind is resourceful. Millions of people are working very hard on creating a better, more sustainable world and success stories can be found every day. An example? Solar energy is getting cheaper faster than expected! Need another one? UK carbon emissions are down 43%! 

At ChainPoint we believe that modern technology and collaboration will be key in facing challenges such as Earth Overshoot Day. With our software we help companies and standards with their sustainability goals and we will continue to contribute to a more sustainable world. Do you want to know how? Contact us for a demo and see how the ChainPoint platform can help you in your sustainability goals. 

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