It’s called “Overshoot Day”, the moment each year when we humans have used up more natural resources that the Earth can renew in 12 months.

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And this year that day came on Saturday, August 22nd.

Put another way, it would take 1.6 Earths this year to meet the needs of the world’s population in a sustainable way.

The calculations were made by American NGO Global Footprint Network — since 2003 it’s been raising the alarm on the ever faster consumption of an expanding human population on a limited planet.

I took the list of dates published by Global Footprint Network and posted on overshootday.org and added a few extra details, such as number of days that passed and were remaining each year when the Overshoot Day occurred. You can find this enhanced dataset on Kaggle.

And here’s a simple visualization of the data.

1970 December 29

Earth lasted **362 days**, **3 days** left in the year

1971 December 20

Earth lasted **353 days**, **12 days** left in the year

1972 December 10

Earth lasted **344 days**, **22 days** left in the year

1973 November 26

Earth lasted **329 days**, **36 days** left in the year

1974 November 27

Earth lasted **330 days**, **35 days** left in the year

1975 November 30

Earth lasted **333 days**, **32 days** left in the year

1976 November 16

Earth lasted **320 days**, **46 days** left in the year

1977 November 11

Earth lasted **314 days**, **51 days** left in the year

1978 November 7

Earth lasted **310 days**, **55 days** left in the year

1979 October 29

Earth lasted **301 days**, **64 days** left in the year

1980 November 4

Earth lasted **308 days**, **58 days** left in the year

1981 November 11

Earth lasted **314 days**, **51 days** left in the year

1982 November 15

Earth lasted **318 days**, **47 days** left in the year

1983 November 14

Earth lasted **317 days**, **48 days** left in the year

1984 November 6

Earth lasted **310 days**, **56 days** left in the year

1985 November 4

Earth lasted **307 days**, **58 days** left in the year

1986 October 30

Earth lasted **302 days**, **63 days** left in the year

1987 October 23

Earth lasted **295 days**, **70 days** left in the year

1988 October 15

Earth lasted **288 days**, **78 days** left in the year

1989 October 11

Earth lasted **283 days**, **82 days** left in the year

1990 October 11

Earth lasted **283 days**, **82 days** left in the year

1991 October 10

Earth lasted **282 days**, **83 days** left in the year

1992 October 12

Earth lasted **285 days**, **81 days** left in the year

1993 October 12

Earth lasted **284 days**, **81 days** left in the year

1994 October 10

Earth lasted **282 days**, **83 days** left in the year

1995 October 4

Earth lasted **276 days**, **89 days** left in the year

1996 October 2

Earth lasted **275 days**, **91 days** left in the year

1997 September 29

Earth lasted **271 days**, **94 days** left in the year

1998 September 29

Earth lasted **271 days**, **94 days** left in the year

1999 September 29

Earth lasted **271 days**, **94 days** left in the year

2000 September 23

Earth lasted **266 days**, **100 days** left in the year

2001 September 22

Earth lasted **264 days**, **101 days** left in the year

2002 September 19

Earth lasted **261 days**, **104 days** left in the year

2003 September 9

Earth lasted **251 days**, **114 days** left in the year

2004 September 1

Earth lasted **244 days**, **122 days** left in the year

2005 August 25

Earth lasted **236 days**, **129 days** left in the year

2006 August 19

Earth lasted **230 days**, **135 days** left in the year

2007 August 14

Earth lasted **225 days**, **140 days** left in the year

2008 August 14

Earth lasted **226 days**, **140 days** left in the year

2009 August 18

Earth lasted **229 days**, **136 days** left in the year

2010 August 7

Earth lasted **218 days**, **147 days** left in the year

2011 August 4

Earth lasted **215 days**, **150 days** left in the year

2012 August 4

Earth lasted **216 days**, **150 days** left in the year

2013 August 3

Earth lasted **214 days**, **151 days** left in the year

2014 August 4

Earth lasted **215 days**, **150 days** left in the year

2015 August 5

Earth lasted **216 days**, **149 days** left in the year

2016 August 5

Earth lasted **217 days**, **149 days** left in the year

2017 August 1

Earth lasted **212 days**, **153 days** left in the year

2018 July 29

Earth lasted **209 days**, **156 days** left in the year

2019 July 29

Earth lasted **209 days**, **156 days** left in the year

2020 August 22

Earth lasted **234 days**, **132 days** left in the year

And here’s some of the data charted using my Data Visualization plugin I’ve been working on showing the portion of the year our planet lasted each year.

Year | Portion of the year |
---|---|

1970 | 99% |

1971 | 97% |

1972 | 94% |

1973 | 90% |

1974 | 90% |

1975 | 91% |

1976 | 87% |

1977 | 86% |

1978 | 85% |

1979 | 82% |

1980 | 84% |

1981 | 86% |

1982 | 87% |

1983 | 87% |

1984 | 85% |

1985 | 84% |

1986 | 83% |

1987 | 81% |

1988 | 79% |

1989 | 78% |

1990 | 78% |

1991 | 77% |

1992 | 78% |

1993 | 78% |

1994 | 77% |

1995 | 76% |

1996 | 75% |

1997 | 74% |

1998 | 74% |

1999 | 74% |

2000 | 73% |

2001 | 72% |

2002 | 72% |

2003 | 69% |

2004 | 67% |

2005 | 65% |

2006 | 63% |

2007 | 62% |

2008 | 62% |

2009 | 63% |

2010 | 60% |

2011 | 59% |

2012 | 59% |

2013 | 59% |

2014 | 59% |

2015 | 59% |

2016 | 59% |

2017 | 58% |

2018 | 57% |

2019 | 57% |

2020 | 64% |

Yep, things are looking pretty dire. And while this year’s slight improvement almost puts a positive spin on COVID-19, things are not all that great.