Sanedi calls on industry to move back Earth Overshoot Day

The exact date started to be tracked in 1987, with the first Earth Overshoot Day being December 19.

As part of its mission to address the issues of clean and sustainable energy, the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) will be participating in this year's global Earth Overshoot Day, taking place on August 1, by urging South Africans to check their ecological footprint and be mindful of this where possible.

According to GFN, the estimated level of resources and ecosystem services required to support human activities at their current rate equals 1.7 Earths (as humanity uses nature 1.7 times faster than ecosystems can regenerate).

Humanity has overdrawn the planet's annual budget of resources. "It's time to end this ecological Ponzi scheme and leverage our creativity and ingenuity to create a prosperous future free of fossil fuels and planetary destruction", he said. We are using the Earth's future resources to operate in the present and digging ourselves deeper into ecological debt.

If everyone cut their food waste in half, shifted to lower carbon diets and consumed world-average calories, overshoot day would be 38 days later. Reducing driving by 50%, replacing one-third of vehicle miles with public transportation and the rest by walking and biking, would win back another 12 days.

According to The Independent, Global Overshoot Day began being observed in 1986.

The network also said rethinking energy systems and having one less child would save another 93 and 30 days respectively. Notable declines were seen in Singapore, the Bahamas, Denmark, United States (US), United Kingdom (UK) and France.

Megan Leslie, president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada, is available for comment on Earth Overshoot Day and consequences for wildlife in Canada. The think tank calculates how many resources a country produces by looking at areas like farmland, grassland, forests, oceans, and cities.

"As we mark Earth Overshoot Day, today may seem no different from yesterday - you still have the same food in your refrigerator", said Wackernagel.