Every year, the world stands by for Earth Overshoot Day, which signifies the day when humanity has used up all the ecological resources our planet regenerates during the entire year. This year, Earth Overshoot Day was marked on July 29. Meaning, just seven months into 2021 we’ve lived well beyond our ecological means, spending far more than we earn.
Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and Global Footprint Network (GFN), a research organization that tracks how the world manages natural resources, today launched the “100 Days of Possibility” initiative. The initiative seeks to promote solutions that help address climate change and biodiversity loss.
In 2020, Earth Overshoot Day was more than 3 weeks later than last year. This shows we can still reverse the trend and transform the current crisis into an opportunity to reshape our economy and become more resilient, frugal and digital.
Helping customers reduce their ecological footprint:
In an e-book produced for this year’s Earth Overshoot Day, Schneider Electric and Global Footprint Network spelled out why "one-planet prosperity" — the need for all to thrive within the limited capacity of our planet — is an ever-more-defining context for businesses, and one that can be quantified and monitored. It is the essence of Schneider Electric’s strategy but it also applies to any other business that wants to invest into its own longevity. It is the logical reaction to the shifting context of ecological overuse.
Awareness of environmental and resource risks is growing. Over the last ten years, six or seven of the top-10 global risks identified each year by the World Economic Forum’s “Global Risks Report” have consistently dealt with resource or environmental threats. Step by step, we increasingly see this global understanding of risks translating into concrete business decisions. A poll of Schneider Electric’s customers in Europe revealed that 82% of them consider resource scarcity and sustainability as key elements in their decision-making processes.
by Denise Lana Molina, Director Global Sustainability Communications at Schneider Electric
In 2018, the World Health Organization noted that specific populations are more vulnerable to climate change. People living on small islands, flat coastal regions, megacities, and mountainous or polar regions are especially at risk. As are children, particularly in underdeveloped countries, as are elderly people and people with pre-existing medical conditions.
Earth Overshoot Day: It’s the day of the year when we’ve used more natural resources than our planet can renew in 365 days. This year in the United States, Earth Overshoot Day falls on March 15th , — the earliest it has ever been . Despite the progress made in recent years, it has been steadily moving up since 80’s.
Earth Overshoot Day: It’s the day of the year when we’ve used more natural resources than our planet can renew in 365 days. This year in the United States , Earth Overshoot Day falls on July 29 — the earliest it has ever been. Thirty years ago, it fell on October 15 and despite the progress made in recent years, it has been steadily moving up since.