How Big is the Human Footprint on Earth?
The report reveals humanity’s Ecological Footprint has more than doubled since 1966. In 2007, the most recent year for which data are available, humanity used the equivalent of 1.5 planets to support its activities.
Even with modest UN projections for population growth, consumption and climate change, by 2030 humanity will need the capacity of two Earths to absorb carbon dioxide waste and keep up with natural resource consumption. The figures released in the report illustrate the scope of the challenges humanity faces not only for preserving biodiversity, but also for halting climate change and meeting human development aspirations, such as reducing worldwide hunger and poverty.
Yet change is possible. This edition of the report presents scenarios based on actions that could change the curve, as well as the outlook if we remain on our current course.
See how the Ecological Footprint of various countries compares.
Read the 2010 Living Planet Report (Click here for pdf version). (To download report in other languages, visit our Publications page. For supplemental Footprint reports for the UAE and Belgium, click here.)
View Footprint trends over time for individual nations.
Get the data behind the report.
- Learn more about our data, results and methods
- Get the data tables with the results of our 2010 National Footprint Accounts
- Download the Ecological Footprint Atlas 2010 for further detail on the 2010 findings and research (16 MB download).
Learn more about the report’s key findings.