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Today, the pressure humanity puts on the planet, its Ecological Footprint, is 50 percent greater than the planet's ability to withstand this pressure. It now takes the Earth one year and six months to regenerate what we use in a single year. This global ecological overshoot is depleting the natural capital on which all of life depends.

Signs of this environmental degradation are everywhere. Collapsing fisheries, loss of forest cover, depletion of fresh water systems, accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere and the build-up of carbon dioxide are just a few noticeable examples. If continued, overshoot will permanently reduce the Earth's ecological capacity and will lead to ecological collapse.

To reverse this trend, it is imperative that individuals and institutions recognize the reality of ecological limits and make decisions consistent with these limits. By scientifically measuring the supply of and demand for ecological assets, the Ecological Footprint provides a resource accounting tool which reveals ecological limits, helps communicate the risk of overshoot, and facilitates sustainable management and preservation of the Earth's critical ecological assets.

How can you help?

We invite you to join us in creating a world where we can all live well within the means of one planet. Together, we can create tremendous positive change. Everybody can make a difference. We encourage you to help in whatever ways you can, donating money, time or creating new opportunities.


Our work is made possible by the generous financial support of individuals, foundations, corporations and public agencies. See our IRS 990 tax forms on Guidestar and the Foundation Center.

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