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Issue 27, November 30, 2011  

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About Global Footprint Network
Our mission is to promote a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a measurement tool that makes the reality of planetary limits relevant to decision-makers.

Advisory Council
E.O. Wilson
Manfred Max-Neef
Rhodri Morgan
David Suzuki
Emil Salim
Julia Marton-Lefèvre
William E. Rees
Lester Brown
Jorgen Randers
M S Swaminathan
Daniel Pauly
Eric Garcetti
Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker
Michael Meacher
Karl-Henrik Robèrt
Will Steffen
Dominique Voynet
Fabio Feldman
Oscar Arias
Peter Raven
Mick Bourke
Norman Myers
Gus Speth
Stephen Groff
Thomas E. Lovejoy

The Real Green Economy

New Report Explores Links Between Resource Constraints and Economic Performance

How does being in ecological deficit affect a country’s economic performance? The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States invited Global Footprint Network to answer this question for countries in their region.

The report, Resource Constraints and Economic Performance in Eastern Europe and Central Asia was prepared by Mathis Wackernagel, Kyle Gracey, and other Global Footprint Network staff members, examines how being in biocapacity deficit might affect the economic competitiveness of nations. “Biocapacity” is the ability of nature to produce useful materials and absorb waste such as carbon dioxide emissions. The report combined data on Ecological Footprint and biocapacity with information on countries’ debt levels, prices for fossil fuels and basic foods, and relative Gross National Income (GNI) compared to the rest of the world. Together, these values help to show whether a country in the region might be at increasing economic risk from rising prices, or declining supplies of natural resources.


Our Global Footprint at Eye on Earth Summit

Find out if your country is in the green,  “creditor” or in the red, “debtor” by weighing the available biocapacity against our Ecological Footprint the amount of biological capacity humans actually use.

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Bringing the Footprint to Southeast Asia

Philippines: The University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning, in conjunction with Kyushu University Faculty of Design, hosted the International Conference on Green Urbanism from Oct. 18-20 in Manila.

The Real Wealth of Nations Geneva Launch

It’s official: Global Footprint Network, Geneva, has opened its doors at the International Environment House.  The opening of the new office was marked by a celebration launch on Oct. 27, and was attended by a significant contingent from the International Environment House community and additional Swiss alliances of Global Footprint Network, including United Nation agencies, non-governmental organizations and local authorities.

Technology Alone Is Not the Answer

Western culture is fixated by the notion that technology alone is the cure-all, freeing us from all of our environmental problems. But authors Michael and Joyce Huesemann have attempted to debunk this myth in their new book, Techno-Fix. Technology, they say, has only limited potential to reduce our Ecological Footprint.

Partner Network Updates

Global Footprint Network is pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved Footprint Forum, a partner-only intranet Web site. Built by our longtime web design team at ISPOT interactive, the new site features an updated, dynamic, and user-friendly social media interface for partner and standards committee communications. The Forum will provide opportunities for collaboration and shared learning, as well as enhance communication and resource sharing amongst partners about shared interests in resource accounting and the Ecological Footprint.


Join Us in Shaping the Real Green Economy

Help support our groundbreaking global initiative - Competitiveness 2.0. With this new initiative we will demonstrate to national governments that they can be more economically competitive in the 21st Century if they function within ecological limits. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation.