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Earth Overshoot Day – 1st August 2018

Published by on October 2, 2018

Each year humanity consumes natural resources produced by the Earth and the Earth Overshoot Day marks the point each year at which we consume more resources than the earth can regenerate.

Earth Overshoot Day - 1st August

In 1970, Earth Overshoot Day came on December 29th, in 2000 it came September 23rd, and this year, 2018, it came on August 1st. Everything after Overshoot Day will never be available again, like borrowing more money from a bank to cover the cost from the previous year. Only this deficit is paid by consuming more and more resources and producing waste such as pumping ever greater amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere beyond Earth’s ability to absorb it. This results in global warming as the extra CO2 is kept within the atmosphere around Earth.

Share of year remaining after Earth Overshoot Day by year

To combat the effects of global warming and climate change, world leaders gathered and ratified the Paris Climate Accord in 2015. 196 nations committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the average global temperature increase to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by the year 2020. In the UK the agreement spurred the creation of a series of initiatives aimed to tackle sources of CO2 emissions. Heating the existing UK housing stock accounts for 10% of the nation’s carbon footprint and tackling this waste can make a significant contribution to reducing our footprint and pushing Earth Overshoot Day back towards a state of equilibrium.

At Heat Insulation Ltd we are doing our part to reduce CO2 emissions by helping homeowners make their homes more energy efficient. We do this by providing a range of insulation that keeps the warm air in and the cold out, which results in you needing to use your heating less. Contact us for a no obligation discussion about how we can reduce the carbon footprint of your home and help the UK and the world save our planet.

You can read more about Earth overshoot day here (https://www.overshootday.org/about-earth-overshoot-day/) and more about the Paris Climate Accord here.

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