Monday 29th July is Earth Overshoot Day 2019

by Tim Deakin Domestic Energy News

Monday 29th July is Earth Overshoot Day 2019

Individuals and organisations around the world are encouraging everyone to #MoveTheDate

The responsibility to be a little greener is something we’re all familiar with these days. With climate change and energy use at the forefront of many global conversations, everyone is getting familiar with the importance of sustainability.

And initiatives like Earth Overshoot Day are helping to raise that awareness. But what exactly is Earth Overshoot Day?

What is Earth Overshoot Day and why should I care?

On 29th July 2019, we will have officially taken more from the planet in this calendar year than can be replenished and replaced. In other words, we use a year’s worth of resources in about seven months, hence the name Earth Overshoot Day.

The idea behind Earth Overshoot Day is to raise awareness for just how much we are draining our natural resources and, in many cases, causing irreparable damage. And through the awareness hashtag #MoveTheDate the aim is to begin to move the needle and get that overshoot day closer to the end of the year.

Some of the numbers provided by the campaign really highlight how serious the issue currently is.

Since 1970, the world population has increased by 104%. We’re now at the point were we realistically need 1.75 planets to support humanity’s demand on Earth’s ecosystems.

In terms of energy, the carbon footprint makes up 60% of humanity’s entire ecological footprint, and reducing the carbon component of humanity’s Ecological Footprint by 50% would move Earth Overshoot Day back by a whopping 93 days (that’s over three months)!

You can work out your own personal Overshoot Day on the movement’s website here.

It’s not all doom and gloom

As well as outlining our global Overshoot Day, the initiative also shows each country’s individual day, and it’s not great news for the UK. Our Overshoot Day falls well below average, arriving on 17th May. However, it is important to note that the UK is taking steps to improve its impact on Mother Nature. A recent report by HSBC revealed how sustainability is becoming commonplace for UK businesses. In fact, 44% of UK businesses are planning to increase environment-related investments between now and summer 2021.

HSBC recently revealed its plans to offer green investments, and more than two thirds of businesses (69%) have said that this finance would be used to make manufacturing more sustainable and to minimis indirect environmental impacts.

And it’s not all about businesses either. We all care more about the environment than we did 20, 10 or even 5 years ago. Figures show that more than half of us are willing to pay premium prices for products and services from companies that are committed to positive environmental change.

What can you do to help?

You can take steps in every area of life to be more sustainable, from fashion (go vintage!) to food (Meatless Mondays!). Factors like taking public transport, flying less and buying local produce can all help to shrink your own personal ecological footprint.

When it comes to energy, there’s even more you can do. Simple actions like switching off devices at the plug, turning off lights in rooms you’re not using, and dialling down your boiler in the summer can all be beneficial.

Even better, you can get a smart meter installed which will make you more aware of the energy you’re using, or you could try switching to a greener energy tariff.

Here at The Energy Check, we’re constantly looking for new ways to be as green as possible. That’s why our portfolio includes an increasing number of renewable energy suppliers. And we make sure to practice what we preach by using hybrid cars and avoiding single use plastic completely!

So this Earth Overshoot Day, think about what you can do to help #MoveTheDate.

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