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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.


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E.O. Wilson
Manfred Max-Neef
Rhodri Morgan
Wangari Maathai
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
Herman E. Daly
Peter Raven
Mick Bourke
Gus Speth

Dear Friends and Colleagues

In the past two months, three well-respected publications-the WWF Living Planet Report 2006, the Stern Review, and the journal Science-projected that if we continue with business-as-usual, by 2050 global ecosystems and economies could experience significant decline or collapse.

Mathis Wackernagel
Fortunately, another future is still possible, and change is already underway.

Three years ago, we started Global Footprint Network to take the world's leading resource accounting tool-the Ecological Footprint-to the centre of international policy debates, and to bring about sweeping, global change.

Today, we have 75 partner organizations on five continents working with us to beat this 2050 deadline.

Together, we are catalyzing worldwide commitment to ending ecological overshoot. Through our partner network, we coordinate research, create international standards, and make the reality of planetary limits central to decision-making everywhere. We believe that with the right information and the finest tools we can transform business-as-usual.

And we are producing results. We are influencing the choices being made by governments, businesses, communities, and individuals. We are creating a global movement of influential, environmental stewards, and we are inviting you to join us.

By making a contribution to our 2006 Annual Fund, you will help us to end ecological overshoot, and to achieve the ambitious goal of our Ten In Ten Campaign. Our aim is to make the Ecological Footprint as prominent as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and by 2015 to have ten countries managing their ecological wealth in the same way they currently manage their finances.

Thanks to our partners, supporters, and people like you many countries have taken the first, critical steps towards adopting the Ecological Footprint as a national metric.
  • European Union (25 countries): Last May, the European Commission selected the Ecological Footprint as a headline indicator for its biodiversity targets. The EU is now initiating a scientific review of the Footprint to identify how to best use the tool.
  • Switzerland: Switzerland recently completed a scientific review of its National Footprint Accounts. In 2007, the Swiss Government plans to incorporate the Footprint into its national sustainability development plan.
  • Japan: In the fall of 2006, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment agreed to conduct a scientific review of the National Footprint Accounts for Japan. The Ministry has already incorporated the Ecological Footprint into its national environmental plan.
  • The United Kingdom: Because of strong interest in the UK, DEFRA, the UK's ministry of environment, is conducting an assessment of the Ecological Footprint - in response to Tony Blair's call for the UK to shift towards a 'One Planet Economy.'
  • Africa: We published an Ecological Footprint report for Africa and are convening African leaders through a series of interactive workshops on how to use the Ecological Footprint for strengthening local development.
If you are inspired by the progress we are making, please join us by contributing your financial support. Your contribution will allow us to deepen our work in all these countries and bring the concept of ecological limits to the center of the international policy debate.

Simply click here to make a secure donation on-line or print a contribution form to send a gift by mail. If you would like to make a wire transfer, or make a donation of stock, please contact Nina Bohlen at who will happily help with the arrangements.

Thank you in advance for your support. Your contribution will help us create a world where everyone can live well within the means of one planet.

Warmest regards,

Mathis Wackernagel
Executive Director
Global Footprint Network