Earth Overshoot Day 2021- Video and text of prayer – v useful for other occasions

Earth Overshoot Day is the day in the year when humanity’s use of planetary resources and ecological services in a given year exceeds what Earth’s ecosystems can regenerate or replace in that year.

In 2021, it falls on July 29. Individual countries will have different national dates. Green Christian board member, Andii Bowsher, has written a liturgy to be used in part or in whole for penitential-feeling gatherings for prayer.

The materials are made available under Creative Commons licence to be freely used for non-profit purposes though please acknowledge the source with a link to the page.

Lead prayer

Andii lead us in prayer using this liturgy online at on Earth Overshoot Day 29 July.

Do watch and pray along with the recording of this session here:



Author: Ruth Jarman | Date: 29 July, 2021 | Category: Borrowed Time Climate Emergency Prayers Worship Materials | Comments: 4

Comments on "Earth Overshoot Day 2021- Video and text of prayer – v useful for other occasions"


July 13, 2022

Earth overshoot day in 2021 was 29 July. In 2022 it's a day earlier. For the UK Overshoot day is in May.

Editor 1:

July 12, 2022

Earth Overshoot Day 2022 is 28 July

Andii Bowsher:

July 27, 2021

That's a fear many of us share, Iain. It's the kind of fear that drives me/us to pray ...

Iain Climie:

June 23, 2021

Ultimately I fear that nobody will address the real problem which is that a combination of human numbers and impact per head & household need to fall. Put brutally, given the disproportionate consumption in richer countries, the world's wealthy and well-off (including me) need to accept reduced living standards, have fewer kids and even be more philosophical about going in a box one day. Is it ever going to happen? An alternative approach would be to provide goods and services in far less wasteful ways. Sadly that means drastically overhauling an economic system too dense with having enough and which boils down to "make more money, buy more stuff". Again long odds against but I'd be happy to consider other options.

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