Can we live in balance with the Earth? Discover, champion, & share existing solutions that accelerate the shift to one-planet compatible thriving.
May 5 was German Overshoot Day, or the day Earth Overshoot Day would land if humanity used biological resources at the rate Germany’s residents do. We all know that many solutions that help push back Overshoot Day are already deployed and successfully making an impact, from innovative products to urban development. To amplify what is already possible, our ongoing #MoveTheDate solutions competition calls on everyone to show what is already being done in Germany to move the date. Share projects that inspire you, from food rescue to repair cafes, from public projects to neighborhood initiatives.
Everyone can participate by submitting a solution located in Germany AND/OR “liking” and commenting on Germany-based solutions that are already on the map. The solutions need to abide by our Community policy and guidelines, especially:
• Show a precise location
• Provide a detailed description
• Include a picture
• Include a URL to a webpage containing more information about the project – a video is a plus!
Submissions will be judged based on the quality of the contribution and the impact of the solution, as well as their success in terms of popular vote (number of “likes” and comments).
The best entries posted on the map by World Environment Day (June 5) will be promoted to a wider audience through our communications channels (newsletter, website, social media).
We can’t wait to see what solutions emerge!
Congratulations to Energy 360, the winner of our latest #MoveTheDate Solutions contest in the energy category!
Energy 360 CEO Samantha Lamond talked to us from her home in Melbourne about navigating the transition to renewable energy in Australia, a country where the cost of fossil fuel energy remains exceptionally low. Read the full story here:
‘Tis the season. Streets and homes the world over are sparkling with holiday lights. In these challenging times, whether we choose to forego the festivities or double down on dazzling our homes, holiday lights are a twinkling reminder of this pointed question: How do we choose to power ourselves?
Join us in ending this year with a glimmer and a twinkle and celebrate your favorite solutions to keep the lights (and more) on. Participate in the #MoveTheDate Solutions contest in the Energy category during this month of December by adding a new energy-focused solution to the map AND/OR “liking” and commenting on energy-focused solutions that are already on the map. The solutions need to abide by our Community policy and guidelines, especially:
Show a precise location
Provide a detailed description
Include a picture
Include a URL to a webpage containing more information about the project – a video is a plus!
The deadline is December 31.
We will review energy-focused solutions with the highest number of “likes” and comments to identify one (or more) winner(s). The winning solution(s) will be promoted on the map, our social media channels, and highlighted in our newsletter.
Congratulations to Tribu De La Tierra (Tribe Of The Earth), a bioconstruction cooperative in Argentina! They've taken the win of the #MoveTheDate Solutions contest, cities category.
About ten years ago, Ricardo Tamalet started building his own house in the community where he was born and raised. In the process, he says, he discovered a new world. He embraced his connection to Mother Earth, learned to work daily with love and conviction while respecting her, and learned to value the soil as a material and as an element.. Read the full story here: https://www.overshootday.org/building-together-with-nature/
NEW #MOVETHEDATE MAP SOLUTIONS CONTEST (Cities category)
With many of us resigned to spending this summer within the confines of the urban setting where we live, we are launching the next #MoveTheDate Solutions contest in the Cities category. You can participate in the contest by adding a new cities-focused solution to the map AND/OR “liking” and commenting on cities-focused solutions that are already on the map.
July 26 is the deadline to submit a solution or vote for your favorite project in the Cities category. The winning solution(s) will be promoted on the map, as well as in our newsletter and on our social media channels.
We look forward to learning about your favorite Cities solutions!
We are delighted to announce the winner of Earth Month’s #MoveTheDate Solutions contest (nature category)! Congratulations to ARBIO Perù! https://movethedate.overshootday.org/222574-arbio-peru
ARBIO Perù was founded in 2010 to conserve more than 900 hectares of primary forest in south-east Peru near the Brazil border. Read about the work of the Espinosa sisters to protect the Shihuahuaco tree, a highly prized Peru export, from illegal logging at https://www.overshootday.org/for-the-love-of-the-shihuahuaco/.
NEW #MOVETHEDATE MAP SOLUTIONS CONTEST (Nature category)
We hope this post finds you and your loved ones healthy and well.
We are celebrating the Earth this month (ahead of Earth Day on April 22) with a new #MoveTheDate Solutions Contest! Members have until April 22 to post and/or vote for their favorite project in the Nature category.
We, at Global Footprint Network, will take a close look at those solutions which received the highest number of thumbs-up and comments. We will identify one, or possibly even a couple of, winner(s).
The winning solution(s) will be promoted on the map, as well as in our newsletter and on our social media channels.
Our goal is to give visibility, with your help, to solutions that have been implemented, that have shown results, and are replicable.
We can’t wait to see what solutions emerge by Earth Day. In the meantime, happy exploring !
UPDATE: Congratulations to Espigoladors, the Spanish non-profit who won the first #MoveTheDate Solutions contest! Read more: https://www.overshootday.org/barcelonas-espigoladors-prevent-food-waste-while-quietly-improving-social-justice-in-their-community/
The UN Climate Action Summit, this Monday September 23, kicks off Climate Week NYC with some 150 events scheduled. Meanwhile, participants to last Friday's global #ClimateStrike are not letting go and will take to the streets again on September 27. Now is the time to focus on what needs to happen in order to pave the way to one-planet prosperity. We, at Global Footprint Network, believe that accelerating the implementation of EXISTING SOLUTIONS is where it's at.
So don't be disappointed if you can't attend events in NYC this week or join a #ClimateStrike on Friday: You can play a significant part by showing up on this map, stating your commitment to #MoveTheDate, posting REAL solutions you love, commenting on solutions posted by others, even connecting with fellow Date Movers on launching a new project in the world.
Consequently, the deadline to vote for your favorite solution in the Food category in the first #MoveTheDate Solutions Competition (see details below) is being postponed by one week to September 29. Browse, discover, vote, have fun, invite your friends!
Participate in the first #MoveTheDate Solutions contest!
*Members have until September 22 to vote for their favorite solution in the Food category.*
We, at Global Footprint Network, will take a close look at the 5 solutions which receive the highest number of thumbs-up and comments. From those, we will identify the winner based on its potential to #MoveTheDate.
The winning solution will be promoted on the map, as well as in our newsletter to half-a-million subscribers and on our social media channels.
THE FINE PRINT: Our goal is to give visibility, with your help, to solutions that already exist, meaning they have been implemented, have shown results, and are replicable. Only detailed solutions are eligible to win, meaning they have a precise location, a thorough description, and a picture, video, and/or links to more information about the project. Please keep these criteria in mind as you pick your winning solution. And most importantly, have fun with it!
We can’t wait to see what solutions emerge by September 22. Happy exploring!
Please do not share your solutions as comments in this column. Rather, post them on the map, THANK YOU!
Hi, just took the survey and have a date of 4th December. One thing that clearly helps is living on a house boat. I have no access to running water, we fill from a water station, so I have learned how to shower effectively using just 1.5L of water. I can use a kettle to heat 0.3L and this makes for a very simple but satisfactory shower. The house boat is heading for an electrics refit with new solar (the old panels need replacing) and so I am aiming to live off-grid in terms of 90% of my electricity next year. Whilst there is heating on board, I use homemade convection heaters using upturned ceramic pots. I learned how to make them from a yachtsman and these work amazingly well. They run off tea-lights. I'll be happy to report back once the winter kicks in, but I figure two of these heating the boat which is 6ft wide and 58ft long, should be pretty effective. Oh, and of course, my Norwegian jumper!
It seems to me that choosing organic food is an important solution. Avoiding chemicals in general (food, cosmetics, health) and plastic stuff. Also banning "junk cloth", choosing recycling (clothing, house furniture). Consuming as less as possible, as well as possible (local, recycle, handmade). Creating#MoveTheDate!
We should considerably increase the tax on fuel. Yes it is already very much taxed but people dont change their habits. Especially in the usa which is the the nation that is contributing the most to climate change respective of its population. They are supposed to be highly educated and informed about the reasons leading to climate change. Yet their president has the most devastating policy and is in denial regarding scientific facts.
This is something Ive given much thought to & what Im talking about are things that for years Ive considered. One thing We can do is put in renewable electric sources at home &/or businesses as much as possible, in as many homes as possible. Eventually the amount of electric generated at these places will become self sustaining & even lead to power plants being closed. The change would be gradual enough to prevent economic collapse & give the People more control, taking it away from the 1% who control energy now, who are only concerned with profit. Free/cheap energy is a key to Freedom, Equality & a true Democracy.
There are more that need more in depth explanations, like converting all engines to some form of renewable, it takes about 6 panels for 1 home with an electric car, but this one is the fastest & perhaps the only way to change our grid without it being fought by the plutocratic status quo.
Earlier this year Watlington Parish Council declared a climate emergency and shortly afterwards a facebook group was formed and within 10 days 200 had joined now we are a more organised group and here are some of us sowing wildflower seeds in our park.
Let's all fight for stoping ( as much as possible ) the plastic production. Let's all stop or reduce at minimum eating meat.
This greenhouse grows tomato plants all winter in Rhode Island. It's all solar and sustainable, with zero fuel use. We only needed R-10 insulation because it collects so much solar heat in winter. It's affordable. The plants are leafy, not willowy.
Other solutions: 90% stored solar heat for houses, a zip line transit system, two methods of storing solar heat for nighttime electricity generation.
The Arctic is melting down. I recommend a wind-powered pump for restoring the Arctic Ocean's ice pack one little piece at a time.
This greenhouse is off-grid and it grows tomato plants all winter in Rhode Island. We only used R-10 insulation because we didn't need anything better. I suppose that you could live in it, but I have other ideas for that.
The secret is reflecting five flat mirror reflections at the center of the line of windows. We have to pull on the ropes and adjust the focus about once a week in March, or once a month in December.
Also at the site, stored solar heat for buildings to be used in combination with a mini split heat pump,
Ways to store solar heat for electricity generation after dark,
A zip line transit system that should be 90% more lifetime energy-efficient per passenger-mile than current freeways,
A way to restore the Arctic ice pack so that we don't have an Arctic meltdown, which would drive greenhouse gas levels to about 1200 ppm if unchecked.
I'm a rather comprehensive climate change inventor.
Joanne Pierron Sunshower M.
Natural Resources Inventory Kansas City Metro Area KS/MO https://www.marc.org/Environment/Natural-Resources
Understanding our real impact is the first step in making change possible. Here is a visualisation of the Ecological Footprint using cartogram mapping techniques. Read more about it on http://wrld.at/motw69
Totally new here so for the moment just to say I don't eat meat (and dairy only very very rarely), don't drive or fly (have taken the No Fly pledge), and have been getting on with local positive actions with local groups here in north Wales. And also hoping that this year's 5th north Wales 100 Thousand Poets (and Musicians) for Change event that I organise will have a strong environmental focus.
Making the soil happy again with grazing cows… they only eat grass whole year, no extra feed needed.
Eating less, but BETTER meat.
Thanks a lot, once ever after my results I am scare.
The physical root causes of ALL environmental and ecological problems are overpopulation and overconsumption. So the solutions are limiting our families to one biological child to reduce population until it is a lot lower, and not to consume anything we don't need. No one needs to be perfect, but we all need to make an effort.
And BTW, technology is NOT the solution to any of these problems, despite the facts that using less harmful technologies isn't as bad as using more harmful ones, and that less harmful technologies might buy the natural environment a little more time. We can't have our cake and eat it too, so we need to live in a lot smaller numbers, and a lot more simply and naturally. Nothing less will suffice.
To move the date, we need to move away from our over-consumption way of life.
What if we reduce by 1/4 (and then more) productions all over the world (makeup, cars, clothes...) We have more than enough in storage and in stores. And also very important; produce stuff that last, so we don’t have to regularly buy new ones...
But will people accept to buy less, and be satisfied with what they have ?
We have started a teacher cooperative in Sonoma County. We plan to meet monthly to discuss ways that we are incorporating and embedding climate education across our curriculum in grades k-12. We plan to share resources and lesson plans engage, explore and activate our students to find solutions on a local scale so that they can feel empowered to become change makers. Most of our schools have Climate Action Plans with little or no action being taken to meet our goals. We plan to use them as a basis to begin and have our students find ways to meet and exceed our goals. Here's the link. http://solarschoolhouse.org/teachclimate/ We plan to start early in the year in preparation for the General Strike on September 20 called for by the students of Fridays for Future.
In eastern Australia, Lismore's Really Really Free Market is a monthly market where everything is given away for free. This curbs waste going to landfill by diverting items away from overloaded charity shops, while helping to relieve poverty. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1786756764964539
reduce and redistribute!
We create positive plant & cricket based protein solutions that help you perform at your very best Everyday by taking care of our planet.
I plan on transistorizing to a vegetarian diet this week.
Bundjalung Nation Aboriginal men at Bluesfest Byron Bay Australia
At Made Out of WHAT, we tell stories about innovative solutions for re-using trash through art, documentaries & articles. Our upcoming August event, Universal Sea is an art exhibition, symposium, book launch, performances and parties featuring international thought leaders and artists who make stuff from trash. There's something for everyone! Are you ready to talk trash?
quite excited to participate in this program
Hi, I’m Co-Founder of OLIO. A free app tackling the problem of food waste in the home by connecting people who have food they don’t want or need with neighbours living nearby who would like it. Other household items can also be shared eg toiletries, kitchen equipment, books, toys etc. Over 1 million people have joined OLIO and we’re working towards 1 billion so we can #moverhedate and mitigate the worst effects of the climate crisis! Www.olioex.com
It's inspiring to see so many good works around the world. Our contribution is through education. Viridis Graduate Institute focuses on ecopsychology and environmental humanities. By changing the narrative, we change behavior and that changes human practices. www.viridisinstitute.org
Greetings to you from Kenya
I am the founder of Jumuiya Women Fund (JWF), a new women’s rights fund and the first of its kind in Kenya, committed to women’s empowerment and self-reliant development. It was officially registered in February 2019. JWF's groundbreaking work in local philanthropy empowers local women’s organizations and engages the wider community. JWF is a feminist organization and believes in the unconditional recognition of human rights for women and leadership based on feminist values and principles.
The vision of JWF is to have a world where all women live in peace, with dignity and justice and where there is equality and respect for women’s rights. Our mission is to mobilize financial, human and material resources to support initiatives for transformation led by Kenyan women, women’s rights organizations and the Kenyan women’s movements.
We are seeking for volunteers to support our Kenya Stove Project which donates and distribute free, clean-burning, fuel-efficient Envirofit cookstoves to the poor and vulnerable families, especially the women-led households and the disabled.
Jumuiya Women Fund has an exisiting agreement to distribute Envirofit clean cookstoves, which transform lives by lowering levels of damaging indoor air pollution and reducing the hours of daily labor necessary to collect fuel.
More Quick Facts on these incredible stoves:
• Reduces smoke and harmful gasses by up to 90%
• Reduces biomass fuel use by up to 75%
• Reduces cooking time by up to 50%
• Less wood usage helps preserve fragile ecosystems
• Less time needed to gather fuel
• Reduced carbon output
Remember that when you (or a group) donates 1 stove, or 5, or 20, you are transforming the lives of many families, and also helping reduce the overall pollution in their community and beyond, thus playing an incremental role in helping to slow global warming.
The estimated need in Kenya is for 1 million clean cookstoves. Our goal is to continue to raise the funds to meet this need. With continued and increased support, we will have delivered 6,000 clean cookstoves by the end of 2020.
We have only delivered 150 only
Some stoves are bought at between $50 and $60 with distribution and warehousing costs coming to US$ 100 per stove.
We believe this strategy will transform the lives of individuals and families who now cook with traditional, rudimentary stoves or over open fire pits inside their homes, consuming excessive amounts of precious fuel and polluting the indoor air to dangerously unhealthy levels
SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
One improved cookstove will save 2.75 tons of CO2 emissions per year, the equivalent of a 20,000 km car ride. These improved cookstoves will also reduce by half the time women must spend every day to gather wood for cooking purposes.
I am developing a research group regarding Global Community Foundation. Please let me know if you interested or you know someone else who is interested. Please send Bio to email@example.com
Also I am ready to be part of any research group working on unifying humanity and giving the power to the people to reach their highest potential as humans. Send an email address to send my bio if needed.
Current Mission: Developing a holistic collaboration app which provide open governance and direct participation of human civic intelligence.
Global Palestine could be the first model of state building beyond borders into new era of humanity in collaboration and cooperation for holistic global and local challenges and alternatives.
Actual information you can find in the working document.
Often I hear people in despair saying that what they do as an individual will have no effect on the bigger picture but I try to encourage them that small things, everyday are meaningful and collectively, do make a big difference. Just being 'mindful' is a big step - where does my water come from? where does my food come from? Can I reuse this? Do I really need this?
I try to do little things - buy less, recycle (of course), turn off the tap/lights/air conditioner, compost organic scraps, use basic ingredients to clean (vinegar, baking soda), repurpose and just be a role model to others.
About 20% of the word’s population is too wealthy, is oversurviving, and causes all of the problems. With wealth comes an increased use of fossil fuels. No solution will work without reducing the oversurvival of the wealthiest 20% of the world’s citizens. Any serious solution would put a strict cap on per capita energy usage, but those who are in power would prefer to destroy everything than to change.
Happy to be part of a community of designers and builders using sustainable materials to build and restore houses.http://www.naturalbuildingcoalition.ca/
The state of Tamil Nadu in India had banned 'use and throw' plastics from this year. This has lead to people going back decades when they had used more traditional alternatives to plastic use. But lax implementation during Elections has caused a comeback of plastics.
But nevertheless this has been a really good move in the second largest country of the World. And the High Court of the State has upheld the ban even after strict opposition.
I am a member of Citizens' Climate Lobby, an organization that is building support in Congress for a national bipartisan solution to climate change. There is a bill in the US House, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act that will price carbon by levying a fee on GHG emissions and return the money to American households in the form of monthly dividend checks.
Welcome to Solutions that #MoveTheDate! We're so happy you're here. We'd love to learn about your favorite solutions that help push back Earth Overshoot Day later in the year. Maybe there is something going on in your community that you are particularly proud of. Or maybe an interesting project in another country has caught your attention and you believe it should be replicated elsewhere. Whatever it is, please share it here and help this community grow!
Speaking of community, if you fill in your location in your profile, YOU will be added to the map so you can easily connect with other Date Movers. Please bear in mind you can be as specific or as vague as you'd like by putting your address OR the city/state you live in.