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116. Earth Overshoot Day 2020

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The Earth Overshoot Day is defined as the day when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds the Earth's renewable supply capacity. This year, the Earth Overshoot Day for 2020 was moved to the 22nd of August, three weeks later than 2019, as a direct consequence of  COVID-19 pandemic and reduction of humanity’s ecological footprint.  

On the other hand, although the global food system has been disrupted, accompanied by increasing food waste and malnutrition, food footprint was assumed to have been unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Details are available from the links below:

Global Footprint Network. Earth Overshoot Day Fell on August 22 

Global Footprint Network Press Release on June 5, 2020. Earth Overshoot Day is August 22, more than three weeks later than last year. 

Earth Overshoot Day Wesite 


Contributor: IIYAMA Miyuki (Research Strategy Office)

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