Ecological Footprint Image Orange Footprint Network News
Volume 1, Issue 15 

Contents
 
New York Times Traces Footprint’s Evolving Meaning
 
McKibben’s Deep Economy Paints Path out of Overshoot
 
Calgary Looks Toward Lower-Footprint Future
 
Ecological Limits Make Headlines
 
New Year Brings New Partners
 
Issue Home
 

 
Tell a Friend
 
Subscribe
 

 

 

 
Our Partners
We're Hiring
Newsroom
About Us

Facebook Icon Twitter Icon YouTube Icon Google+ Icon Linked In Icon
 

 
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.
 
 


New York Times Traces Footprint’s Evolving Meaning

What does the word “footprint” mean? Today, it’s likely to refer less to the tread mark your sneaker leaves in the dirt, and more to the imprint you’ll leave on the planet. So says word maven William Safire in a recent “On Language” column in the New York Times Magazine. In the February 17 column, Safire traces the word’s journey from its literal meaning to the metaphoric significance it has gained in recent years as a measure of environmental impact.

 
---------------------


Global Footprint Network’s Executive Director Mathis Wackernagel, who has been working on the Ecological Footprint for 17 years, told Safire that BP’s carbon Footprint campaign in 2005 was one of the biggest boons to the term’s popular use. Safire credits Wackernagel and former colleague William Rees with helping give the word its ecological connotations, and tells the story of how Rees [with Wackernagel] was writing a scientific paper in 1992 when he admired the “smaller footprint” that a new computer model made upon his desk and was struck by a flash of inspiration. With a few quick edits to his paper, the term Ecological Footprint was born, and, a resource accounting methodology and Footprinting movement has followed.

Read the full story (it’s free to become member and log-in)


Post CommentsRead Comments (0)

Comments


Post Comments
Name: *  
 
Email: *  
 
Location:  
 
Comment:    
 
Remember my information
 
   
 
Enter the word seen above: