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Earth Overshoot Day

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The scale of environmental challenge facing humanity is enormous, with a real urgency to act. That’s why for Earth Overshoot Day 2020 we’ve created a powerful partnership with California-based Global Footprint Network.

Earth Overshoot Day is the day when we go into ecological debt, when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year.

Over the past 20 years we’ve lost a month to global warming and climate change and we’re now living more than a third of the year in ecological debt. 

Together we are calling on societies around the globe to take action to #MoveTheDate.

Successful businesses in future will be those that use low amounts of water, materials and carbon-based energy and create little waste. Prosperous societies will be comprised of these businesses. This can be Scotland.

To mark Earth Overshoot Day 2020 (Saturday 22 August) we created a powerful partnership with The Global Footprint Network to drive forward conversation through a series of webinars featuring leading figures from business, academia, sustainability, young people and politicians. The events put a spotlight on the urgency to act and accelerate the pace of action against the over use of resources.

Earth Overshoot Day global launch

We put a spotlight on the urgency to act and accelerate the pace of action against the over use of resources at our global launch event which took place on Thursday 20 August. Chaired by journalist, presenter and broadcaster, Steph McGovern, a panel of leading figures from politics, business and academia including Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP discussed the importance of business, partnership and leadership in creating inclusive, sustainable, economic prosperity. This event, held in partnership with The University of Glasgow and Global Footprint Network, attracted an audience from across the globe. The webinar is available online to view in full.

 

Choosing our future by design, not disaster

Hosted in partnership with The Herald, the first of the series of events was led by keynote speaker, Dr Marie Macklin CBE, focused on the importance of business, partnership and leadership in creating inclusive, sustainable, economic prosperity. The webinar is available online to view in full.

 

Scottish Parliament conversation

We hosted a panel of leading political guests to put a focus on real opportunities for practical action to #MoveTheDate.

The Chair, Dr Poonam Malik, a Board member of Scottish Enterprise who is an academic entrepreneurial research management leader with extensive experience of working in innovation, enterprise, economic development and partnerships led discussions. The webinar is available online to view in full.