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Issue 25, December 8, 2010  

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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

Crunch Time in Cancun

With the final week of global climate negotiations underway, what is the price to individual countries of not taking action? Click here to read our editorial about what leaders need to know as they wrap up in Cancun.

Vancouver Footprint Can Be Seen From Space

A satellite image taken by Google Earth offers this telling visualization of our impact on the planet—a giant green boot print on a snowy field. The image is part of a campaign by to create art large enough to be seen from space, an effort to draw attention to the scope of the climate challenge. The piece, organized by the Vancouver Public Space Network, was created by more than 100 people who gathered in sub-zero temperatures early one morning holding aloft green umbrellas.

Not Just Another Nature Film

Just what do terms like biodiversity, the Ecological Footprint and ecosystem services actually mean?  WWF provides lighthearted answers with this animated short film, narrated by British comic Stephen Merchant. The film was shown at the Wild Screen Film Festival in Bristol as part of the launch of the Living Planet Report 2010.

Watch the video

Peru Looks to Footprint to Support Sustainable Development

Peru’s recently-formed Ministry of Environment has stated its interest in adopting the Ecological Footprint.

As one of the world most geographically and biologically diverse countries, Peru boasts an interesting distinction: it is the only country that falls within a one-planet Ecological Footprint while meeting the UN’s minimum threshold for “high human development.” In recent years the country has experienced its highest economic growth ever and seen significant reductions in poverty. Even so, Peru faces constraints on critical resources, such as water, that threaten these gains. It also faces key social challenges, such as chronic malnutrition and regional poverty rates that top 60 percent in some places. Here, the need is especially keen to increase quality of life in a way that does not spur resource shortages.

UN Development Programme adds Footprint to suite of indicators

Sustainability is an intrinsic part of people’s ability to live satisfying lives according to the United Nations Development Programme—which is why, for the first time it has included the Ecological Footprint in its annual Human Development Report. (Download the report here.) It has also developed an interactive tool on its Web site that allows users to apply a suite of indicators— including Ecological Footprint—to build their own development index. The tool allows users to create unique country rankings and comparisons based on the indicators they find most important. (Click here to build your own development index.) 

Japan Report Draws Widespread Attention

A report on Japan’s Ecological Footprint, which identifies leading areas of ecological demand and offers policy recommendations to address them, has generated considerable interest in the country. The Japan Ecological Footprint Report was released this August in Tokyo to an audience of journalists and environment ministry representatives. Findings have been covered by more than 50 print and online news outlets, including a feature in Asahi, a daily newspaper with a circulation of 8.22 million.

Measuring the Footprint of the ‘World’s Greenest City’

Some 50 square meters of parkland per inhabitant. A food-for-trash program that supports a 70-percent citywide recycling rate: the highest in the world. A public transportation system that carries 1.9 million riders a day, 70 percent of commuter traffic. A vast network of open space, mowed by grass-nibbling sheep, that serves as flood control and offers an attractive alternative to concrete canals.

These are just a few of the attributes that make Curitiba, Brazil something of an Emerald City for green development.

Enough versus More: Solving the Growth Dilemma

How can we provide well for the world’s people without bankrupting the natural systems that underlie all economic (and human) activities? The key, according to a new report by the Center for a Steady State Economy and based on input from leading economists, lies in shifting our economic systems from those based on the idea of more to those based on that of enough.

Licenses of 2010 National Footprint Account data now available.

Global Footprint Network is pleased to announce that licenses for 2010 National Footprint Accounts are now available. The licenses provide complete the underlying data and calculations for each country published in the National Accounts and are available in a number of editions, some fee-based and some free of charge.