Ecological Footprint Image Blue Footprint Network News
Issue 25, December 8, 2010 

Vancouver Footprint Can Be Seen From Space
Peru Looks to Footprint to Support Sustainable Development
UN Development Programme adds Footprint to suite of indicators
Japan Report Draws Widespread Attention
Measuring the Footprint of the ‘World’s Greenest City’
Enough versus More: Solving the Growth Dilemma
Licenses of 2010 National Footprint Account data now available.
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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.


According to event organizer Jaspal Marwah, the image, a reference to the concept of the Ecological Footprint conceived in Vancouver by William Rees and Mathis Wackernagel, points to humanity’s oversized resource demand. The Footprint of the average Canadian is 7 global hectares, an amount that would require the resources of almost 4 Earths if everyone lived that way. But the artists said they hoped the image, etched in green and set on a green background, would also suggest another idea: that we can lighten our tread and make our impact less noticeable.

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