01 August 2018
Since 1970, the human ecological footprint has continued to exceed the planet’s biocapacity.
This means, globally we are now consuming 70% more than the Earth can regenerate within a year, resulting in an increasing deficit – cue Earth Overshoot Day.
Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when all of humanity have used up more from nature than our planet can renew in a year.
Today, 1 August 2018, marks the official date we have used up all our resources for the year, and by the end of 2018, we will have used 1.7 Earths.
If the world’s consumption was like that of the UK, we would have hit Overshoot Day by 8 May.
Global population growth and excessive resource consumption, together with the environmental impacts of urban expansion, waste, pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, means we are doing more harm than ever.
A “throw away culture” continues to drive ore and fossil fuel exploitation, land clearance for agriculture and construction, and diminishing biodiversity of our land and oceans.
We know it sounds like an impossible problem. But by taking small steps, you can make a big impact to help #MoveTheDate. So, what difference can you make?
- Get inspiration to take steps to #MoveTheDate
- Cut out disposable plastics
- Use public transport / cycle
- Increase your veggies and decrease the amount of meat in your diet
- Buy clothes with natural fibres – phase out petrochemical-based polyester, nylon, acrylic
If everyone made small, incremental changes to their habits at home and at work, just imagine what the combined impact could be.
As a business, ISG has been:
- Reducing our construction and demolition waste by 10% last year
- Reducing our global greenhouse gas emissions by 21% since 2015
- Building more green certified buildings for our clients than ever
But there is still more to do! The planet may be finite, but driving change is not.
The transformation to a sustainable, carbon-neutral world will succeed if we apply some of our greatest strengths: foresight, innovation, and care.
There are many solutions we should consider in our approach to sustainable development and construction.