Earth overshoot day
To help develop this article, click 'Edit this article' above.
It now takes humanity less than nine months each year to exhaust the planet’s environmental services and this rate is shortening. ‘Earth Overshoot Day’ (sometimes referred to as Ecological Debt Day) is the day when human demand on the planet exceeds what it can regenerate. It means humanity has consumed all the natural services available for the year. For the rest of the year, we meet our ecological demand by depleting nature and by accumulating waste such as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and oceans, pushing the essential natural services (ecosystems) of the planet closer and closer to collapse.
In 2012, Earth Overshoot Day was 22 August. In 2002, it had been October 3. In 1987 it had been December 19.
The concept was originally conceived by the Global Footprint Network and the New Economics Foundation.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.
- Emission rates.
- Energy Act.
- Energy Performance Certificates.
- Energy Related Products Regulations.
- Energy Targets.
- Sustainable development.
- Sustainable materials.
- Smart cities.
 External references
- New Europe: Happy Earth Overshoot Day!
Featured articles and news
High quality and high density homes - is it what we need or is it storing up trouble?
What is liquidation and how does it apply to contractors in the construction industry?
Sir Oliver Letwin to lead an independent review into the delays in the delivery of housing.
As Carillion collapses, read our article explaining insolvency in the construction industry.
43,000 jobs at risk as Carillion declares insolvency.