Today we are thrilled to announce the launch of a newly designed mobile-friendly Footprint Calculator just in time for Earth Overshoot Day, which lands August 2. Calculate your own Overshoot Day and Footprint now at www.footprintcalculator.org!
Our new calculator, still a beta version, features improvements in data, graphics, and calculations. As an added bonus, this brand-new version allows you to calculate your very own personal Earth Overshoot Day. In other words, if everyone on Earth led your personal lifestyle, how many planets would humanity need?
We invite you to pledge and take a step to #movethedate by using the new calculator to assess your individual Earth Overshoot Day!
Our Footprint Calculator is used by some 2 million users every year around the world, including students and teachers. The new calculator allows you to play with options, learn about solutions, and connect to brief facts about sustainability. And of course, you can calculate your personal Ecological Footprint.
Solutions to #movethedate
As you probably know, Earth Overshoot Day is the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth can regenerate over the entire year. This year’s Earth Overshoot Day is the earliest yet.
This year, Global Footprint Network, along with 30+ partners, is highlighting solutions and individual pledges to #movethedate. Make a pledge today and share it on social media with the hashtag #movethedate. Then enter to win a GoPro camera by adding a photo of yourself making good on your pledge on our #movethedate map.
If we moved Earth Overshoot Day back 4.5 days every year, we would return to living within the means of one Earth before 2050; we are currently using 1.7 Earths. Reducing the carbon component of the global Ecological Footprint by 50% would move Overshoot Day by 89 days.
Food for Thought
Food is another major Ecological Footprint driver. This year, we collaborated with the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition to create an infographic that showcases food-based solutions to lower the Ecological Footprint. Cutting food waste in half worldwide could move the date of Overshoot Day 11 days; eating less protein-intensive food worldwide could move Overshoot Day 31 days.
Our planet is finite, but human possibilities are not. Living within the means of one planet is technologically possible, financially beneficial, and our only chance for a prosperous future. We hope our new Footprint Calculator enables millions more people around the world to explore sustainability solutions and gain an uplifting sense of the possibilities available to society.
Please try our calculator today at www.footprintcalculator.org and share it with friends and family to see who has the smallest—and biggest—Footprint!
With warmest wishes,
Co-founder and CEO
Global Footprint Network