On 22nd August, the world marks Earth Overshoot Day – the day when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that period. Over 80 countries marked Earth Overshoot Day last year, with more set to join the global call for action. This year sees a 9.3% reduction of humanity’s Ecological Footprint and the date move more than three weeks later as a direct consequence of COVID-induced lockdowns around the world. But this sudden change is no long-term solution.

Now The Herald, in conjunction with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the California based Global Footprint Network, are teaming up with Scotland’s most progressive business leaders, thinkers and young people as part of its ‘Earth Overshoot Day’ campaign. Join Herald Editor-in-Chief, Donald Martin, to look at the challenges and opportunities to #MoveTheDate, ask your questions and explore real opportunities to accelerate practical action to lock in sustainable, inclusive growth before the world’s leaders arrive in Glasgow for the COP26 global climate summit in 2021.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Marie Macklin CBE
Executive Chair and Founder of the HALO Urban Regeneration Company and Macklin Enterprise Partnerships

Panel Members

Catriona Patterson
Board Member, 2050 Climate Group

Mathis Wackernagel
President, Global Footprint Network

Terry A’Hearn
Chief Executive, SEPA

Professor Jaime L. Toney
Co-founder – Centre for Sustainable Solutions, University of Glasgow

Online Event


This SEPA and Global Footprint Network Online Event has now taken place. For more information on other events focussed on Earth Overshoot Day please follow @ScottishEPA.


Donald Martin
Editor The Herald & Herald on Sunday
Editor-in-Chief, Newsquest Scotland

Running Order

5.30pm Networking
6.05pm Introduction – Donald Martin, Editor-in-Chief, The Herald
6.10pm Keynote Address
6.35pm Panel Discussion
6.55pm Panel Discussion – Q&A
7.15pm Formal Close – Donald Martin, Editor-in-Chief, The Herald
7.20pm Networking & Expo Re-Open
7.45pm On Demand Event Closes

For any questions regarding the virtual event please visit our FAQs section below.


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  • Who can Register for the event?
    This event is open to everyone who has an interest in Earth Overshoot Day, Climate Change, Sustainability, Inclusive Growth, Ecological Resources.
  • Is there a deadline to register for the event?
    Registration to the event can be made up until the day prior however we would encourage you to register ahead of the event to keep up to date with all event updates.
  • How do I access The SEPA and Global Footprint Network ‘Choosing our Future by Design, not Disaster’ event?
    To access the virtual event online you need to register here.
  • What is Hop-In?
    Hop-In is an online event platform chosen to ensure you get the most out of your virtual event experience. There you will find our main keynote speaker, panel discussion, live Q&A’s and the opportunity to network via 1:1 video calls and direct messaging to other attendees.
  • Is there a preferred browser for the registration link & event? 
    When registering and attending the event we would recommend using the following browsers, chrome, safari or Microsoft X. It is not advisable to use internet explorer.
  • Where can I see the running order?
    You can view the event running order on the online event section of this website above.
  • Will I be able to join the event at a different time from when it starts at 6.00pm?
    The event has a set start and end time. You will be able to join the event at any time however you may miss some of the speakers if you do. All content will be available on demand after the events ends.
  • Where can I connect with other delegates attending the online event?
    You can connect with other delegates via the hop-in platforms networking area or through direct messaging.
  • Do I need a webcam to connect with other attendees?
    In the virtual networking space, you will be able to connect with speakers, partners, and other delegates via video chat however there is also the option to network simply via the chat boxes available and sharing your contact details. A webcam is only needed if the delegate wants to participate in the Networking Area. It is not essential to participate during the main event areas.
  • Do I need any software to connect with other attendees?
    Hop-In is accessed via your web browser so you do not need any other software to connect with other attendees. We would recommend an up to date browser such as Chrome or Safari to access the platform.
  • How do I set up my profile?
    During the registration and sign up process you will be asked to create your account.
  • How do I change my profile picture?
    As you create your profile you will be asked to upload a picture, this can be changed later if required.
  • How do I connect LinkedIn to my profile?
    When creating your profile, you will have the ability to add links to your social media channels. These include Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • I had to leave mid-way through the event, will the event be recorded?
    All keynotes and breakout sessions will be records and available for on demand playback after the event.
  • Where can I find updates on the event?
    You can find updates on the event via this dedicated event website and via and social media – @HeraldEvents, @ScottishEPA, @EndOvershoot
  • Will there be any support available should I have any questions about using the platform at the event?
    During the event we will have someone on hand in a breakout session for any questions regarding the platform. We cannot support delegate hardware or software issue not related directly with the platform.
  • What do I do if I have more questions?
    We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have regarding the online event or registration. Please contact Events Director, Lyndsay Wilson on 0141 302 7407 or with all enquires.Please feel free to use #MoveTheDate to notify you will be attending this virtual event.

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The event has now taken place, to discuss a bespoke event with Newsquest Scotland Event, please contact Lyndsay Wilson, Events Director –
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