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Today Marks the Earliest Earth Overshoot Day in History — Here's How We Can Slow Things Down


In an ideal world, Earth Overshoot Day would fall on December 31 every year. Or better yet, we wouldn't even have an Earth Overshoot Day. But this year, the date falls today, July 29 — the earliest it's ever been. So for the rest of 2019, we are essentially using resources we do not have. 

Earth Overshoot Day (EOD) is a not-so-cheerful holiday that "marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year," according to the website for Earth Overshoot Day, formerly known as Ecological Debt Day.