Earth Overshoot Day 2020: European Launch

20 August 2020 – 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. COVID-19 has caused humanity’s Ecological Footprint to contract, pushing the date of Earth Overshoot Day back more than three weeks compared to last year. The challenge of relaunching our economies presents countries with a unique chance to act on the future we want.

On 20 August 2020 The Club of Rome & Global Footprint Network hosted the European Launch event of the Earth Overshoot Day as well the Planetary Emergency Plan 2.0

Earth Overshoot Day 2020: European Launch Event

Video Statements:

Earth Overshoot Day 2020: Pavan Sukhdev & Marco Lambertini (WWF International):

Marieke van Doorninck, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam:

Minister Teresa Ribera, Vice-President of Government and Minister of Ecological Transition of Spain:

Mauro Petriccione, Director General for Climate Action, European Commission:

Adélaïde Charlier, Co-Founder Youth for Climate Belgium

Marie-Claire Graf, Vice-President of Swiss Youth for Climate

Leonie Bremer: Fridays for Future Germany:

Ernst von Weizsäcker, Honorary President of the Club of Rome (in German)

Mojob Latif, President of the German Association of the Club of Rome (in German)

Manfred Fischendeck, Geschäftsführer des Wuppertal Instituts für Klima, Umwelt, Energie

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