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Issue 19, June 17, 2009  

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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 New Resource Insurance Policy: Buying Land Abroad

Governments Buying Foreign Land to Insure Food Security

The world’s economic powers are engaged in a new wave of outsourcing – one that poses a stark distinction with that of manufacturing in the 1980s, and information technology in the 1990s, according to a recent report in The Economist (“Buying Farmland Abroad: Outsourcing’s Third Wave,” May 23, 2009). Concerned by recent world food shortages, rich governments are buying up tracks of land in foreign (mostly low-income) countries to ensure continued access to food and other vital agricultural resources.

CNN Takes A Footprint Quiz

CNN’s Josh Levs observed Earth Day by taking Global Footprint Network’s Ecological Footprint quiz on national television. “This is one of the best features that we discovered this week on Earth Day,” he says, as he walks viewers through the quiz, answering questions and determining how many planets it takes to support his lifestyle. (Answer: 4.8)

A Time for Change: Read Our 2008 Annual Report

The past year has been a challenging one for the world, filled with environmental news such as soaring food prices and climate change impacts that reflect the growing human and economic costs of overshoot. But it has also been a year in which the global community has truly begun to mobilize to meet our ecological challenges. Read about the work Global Footprint Network is doing on almost every continent to take advantage of this critical moment and push the shift toward a sustainable world economy.

Click here to download our annual report.

Join Our Global Brainstorming Session in Siena

As we see clearly from our data – and from the headlines we read every day – humanity urgently needs to employ existing solutions to address our resource challenges. But even so, there will be a gap between what we can achieve with existing solutions and what we will need to live within the means of one planet.

Web Site Live in Four Languages

Global Footprint Network has launched versions of its Web site in German, French, and Spanish, with versions in Portuguese and Italian version to go live this month, and plans to add Japanese and Arabic by the end of the year. Users simply go to the language bar at the top of the home page and select the version they wish to view.

Calgary Personal Calculator Launched

Global Footprint Network has launched the latest addition to its popular Ecological Footprint calculator with data specific to Calgary, Canada. Click here to take the quiz.

Which countries offer the best ecological returns?

In a world in which the traditional ways of valuing investments have proven less-than-reliable in recent months, Swiss investment firm Pictet Asset Management is gaining traction with a new type of bond fund: one which rates countries based on their ability to provide a high quality of life at a minimal ecological cost.

Call for Abstracts

Global Footprint Network is calling for abstracts on the the latest developments in Ecological Footprint research and applications, for presentation at Footprint Forum – The Opportunity of Limits to be held June 7-11, 2010. Submissions are welcome on a range of issues and disciplines related to the Ecological Footprint (i.e., carbon, trade, biodiversity, water, etc). Nine abstracts will be selected in total – three to be presented at each of the Forum’s three 75-minute sessions. If your abstract is selected, you will have the opportunity to speak at the session for up to 15 minutes, followed by at least 10 minutes of discussion. In addition, a special issue of Ecological Indicators will include extended versions of a selection of papers presented at Footprint Forum 2010.