Footprint Over Time
Growth in the Ecological Footprint
These maps illustrate the growth in the Ecological Footprint between 1961 and 2001 worldwide. The darker the colors, the higher the concentration of consumption. "Footprint Intensity" is high because of high population density (India and China), because of high consumption (North America), or because of both (Europe). The maps also show how the human Footprint has become larger: the 2.5 time increase over this 40 year period has transformed much of the planet. All data on this page comes from the 2004 National Footprint Accounts.
If you have a broadband connection you can watch the 40 year development of the world map as a movie. Click on the movie to watch it in fullscreen.(2.9mb) (Requires Apple Quicktime)
This map was produced by Chad Monfreda at SAGE University of Wisconsin - Madison, with data from the Global Footprint Network.