Lockdowns due to COVID-19 has caused the global ecological footprint to fall by almost 10%, according to the nonprofit which calculates Earth Overshoot Day.
Global Footprint Network found that a fall in consumption of the Earth’s resources pushed the date of Earth Overshoot Day back more than three weeks compared to last year. This year’s Earth Overshoot Day fell on 22 August 2020,
The research team concluded a 9.3% reduction in the global Ecological Footprint compared to the same period last year.
Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. Earth Overshoot Day is calculated by dividing the planet’s biocapacity (the amount of ecological resources Earth is able to generate that year), by humanity’s Ecological Footprint (humanity’s demand for that year), and multiplying by 365, the number of days in a year.
Research by the Global Footprint Network found that demand for forest products, which make up a significant part of humanity’s Ecological Footprint, fell by 8.4%, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This shift in the year-to year date of Earth Overshoot Day represents the greatest ever single-year shift since the beginning of global overshoot in the early 1970s. In several instances the date was pushed back temporarily, such as in the aftermath of the post-2008 Great Recession, but the general trend remains that of a consistent upward trajectory,” according to the Global Footprint Network report.
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