Overshoot

LOCATION
Sant'Eugenio Hospital
MM / YY
06/2020

Overshoot is a wall installation made into the Sant’Eugenio Hospital, Rome. Is the outcome of a research on the correlation between pandemic and climate emergency. In a few months the lockdown has produced an inversion of the trend in terms of resource debt that mankind has towards the planet. (EarthOvershootDay 2020, 22 August 2020), making us “gain” two months compared to the previous years.

To determine the date of Earth Overshoot Day for each year, Global Footprint Network calculates the number of days of that year that Earth’s biocapacity suffices to provide for humanity’s Ecological Footprint. The remainder of the year corresponds to global overshoot. Earth Overshoot Day is computed by dividing the planet’s biocapacity (the amount of ecological resources Earth is able to generate that year), by humanity’s Ecological Footprint (humanity’s demand for that year), and multiplying by 365, the number of days in a year: (Earth’s Biocapacity / Humanity’s Ecological Footprint) x 365 = Earth Overshoot Day.

Change must pass through planning and not through disaster.