Earth Overshoot Day also calculates each country’s individual date. This data is neatly compiled on this user-friendly map of the world, where you can look into your country’s consumption rate and compare it to other countries. If this article got you to wonder about your personal consumption rate, then you can take their test. The results might surprise you; and yet, despite EOD’s efforts to educate consumers about their global impact, the organisation insists on policy change and political involvement. They acknowledge that each individual has a footprint that makes a difference but that a major part of the footprint is a byproduct of the city (trains, roads, infrastructure, etc.). Effective change is systemic change. This brings us to 100 Days of Possibility.
We are currently “using nature’s resources 1.75 times faster than our planet’s ecosystems can regenerate”. That means that we are consuming our resources at a rate of 1¾ Earths. Clearly, such a lifestyle is unsustainable, as the Earth and its resources do not simply multiply to accommodate our growing needs. Combining two things that they believe in; using your voice to call for action and influencing policymakers, Earth Overshoot Day launched a new project. 100 Days of Possibility will be one hundred days (starting from EOD 2021 and leading up to the COP26) of education as EOD showcases “ways we can use existing technology to displace business as usual practices we can no longer afford”.
The campaign addresses all various areas where we can improve our lifestyles for the better. This includes aspects of our cities, energy and food production and consumption, population issues, as well as other aspects of life. The team behind Earth Overshoot Day campaigns with #MoveTheDate. This was a smart move as it is to the point, yet still vague enough for those of us who do not know what it is to be intrigued by it. The hashtag does not place blame but rather calls everyone to action. Guilt is a powerful emotion but it is not the one that drives the most change. More often than not, guilt leads to shame and inaction. That is why a collective call to action is the best way to go.