Earth Overshoot Day – what does this mean?

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Earth Overshoot day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources exceeds what Earth can regenerate in a given year. This year that fell yesterday (August 2nd), so for the rest of 2023 we are borrowing precious future resources that are running out. Overshoot Day has been steadily moving earlier each year from December 25th 1970 to the earliest last year on 28th of July.


How do we help push it back?

Simplistically – Stop using and wasting so much stuff.

Individually we can do four things:

  1. Reduce our food waste
  2. Increase our recycling
  3. Stop consuming so much fast-moving consumer goods (e.g. electrical and fashion, or single use plastic) As a society we need to move to a more circular economy.
  4. Reduce our energy consumption.  Whist we transition to sustainable energy sources we all need to be more energy efficient.


How can SEL Help?

Let us help you understand where you are starting from, your baseline energy and waste figures. Without knowing where you are starting it is much harder to make a plan to improve.

SEL has the expertise to look into energy and waste saving solutions which will help reduce material usage (helping push back the date) and in most cases save you money as well.

Reach out to us today to see how we can help you pushback your Overshoot day and progress to a sustainable future.


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