What is Earth Overshoot Day – and what can you do to #movethedate? – VILDNIS

What is Earth Overshoot Day – and what can you do to #movethedate?


This year the Earth Overshoot Day falls on the 1st of August. The “Earth Overshoot Day marks the day when we (all of humanity) have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year” (quote www.overshootday.org). It means that in order to sustain our current lifestyle we need 1.7 earths at present.

As illustrated in the below graph, the Earth Overshoot Day has moved in the wrong direction since 1969 with the exception of a few years. In fact, 2018 is the worst year to date. Eeek!

 

The good news is that there are lots of ways to #movethedate through reducing our individual ecological footprint.

An obvious way of course is to change your fashion buying habits. Either through buying less or start buying eco-friendly fashion. Can’t find what you are looking for? Then start demanding that your favourite brands change their practises in order to become more environmentally friendly. As we are demonstrating with VILDNIS, most fashion can be made using eco-friendly materials and production methods without compromising on style or price!

Other ways of reducing your ecological footprint could be to travel more responsibly, cut down on single use plastic, commute by bike or public transport, introduce meat-free days, change your energy provider to one with renewable energy etc. etc. The options are endless, and if we all do just one thing, it will move the Overshoot date in the right direction!

Personally, I am committed on a large scale to change the unsustainable practises in the fashion industry. On a small scale I have changed all straws, plastic cups, paper plates etc. in our picnic basket to re-useable ones – and it is so much nicer now :-)

How are you going to #movethedate?

Ulla

PS: Feel free to share your ideas in the comments section below. I would love to hear what other people are doing – even if it is just a small thing. Little streams, big river!


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