Earth Overshoot Day: Susan Aitken announces date before COP26
Glasgow City Council President Susan Aitken has announced Earth Overshoot Day, the date when humans will have used up our quota of the earth’s biological resources.
It’s a year it should fall in late July, nearly a month earlier than last year, activists have warned.
The Global Footprint Network has calculated that this year’s Earth Overshoot Day will fall on July 29, several weeks earlier than last year when it fell on August 22.
Earth Overshoot Day marks the date on which humanity has used all the natural resources that the earth regenerates throughout the year.
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Campaigners said this year’s date is almost as early as 2019, when it fell on July 26, after being momentarily pushed back to 2020 by lockdowns from the coronavirus pandemic.
Ahead of the UN Cop26 climate change conference in Glasgow, campaigners said leaders must “put the planet first” as part of post-Covid stimulus packages.
Susan Aitken, Head of Glasgow City Council, announced the date for Earth Overshoot Day on behalf of the Global Footprint Network and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa).
She said: “With almost six months remaining, we will already have used our quota of Earth’s biological resources for 2021 by July 29.
“If we are to remember that we are in the grip of a climate and ecological emergency, Earth Overshoot Day is it. ”
She added, “May Earth Overshoot Day be our call to arms.
“In November, the eyes of the world will be on Glasgow, host of Cop26, the climate summit which must take the decisions that will allow our planet to have a more secure and sustainable future.
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“We have the opportunity here in Glasgow to show the world what we are doing, coming together as a city to show real change, to respond to the climate and ecological emergency.
“Let’s put our planet first and do #MoveTheDate together. ”
This year, the carbon footprint of transport remains below pre-pandemic levels, with CO2 emissions from domestic air and road transport expected to remain 5% below 2019 levels and international aviation is expected to register 33% in 2019. below, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
However, global energy-related CO2 emissions are expected to rebound and increase by 4.8% from last year as the economic recovery ignites demand for fossil fuels, while global coal use is expected to increase. in 2021 and contribute 40% of total carbon. imprint this year.
Global Footprint Network CEO Laurel Hanscom said: “As the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration is launched on June 5, World Environment Day, this data clearly shows that the post-Covid 19 era can only be successful in the long term. if they adopt the regeneration and ecological efficiency of resources.
Campaigners said that humanity is currently using 74% more than the planet’s ecosystems can regenerate and that from Earth Overshoot Day until the end of the year it is operating on “Ecological deficit spending”.
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Notable factors at the start of this year are the 6.6% increase in the carbon footprint compared to last year and the 0.5% decrease in global forest biocapacity due in large part to a peak in deforestation in the Amazon.
Sepa Managing Director Terry A’Hearn said: “In November, as a weary world turns its attention to Scotland and Cop26, together we can choose the prosperity of a planet over misery. of a planet.
“We can and must build from the pandemic our global capacity to plan, protect and move forward at a rapid pace.
“Scottish innovation helped lead the industrial revolution; in 2021, the glasgow summit and the future we choose, like every community, city, business or country, offers real hope for a new net-zero revolution.