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About the Global Footprint Network
 
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
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
 

 
Wangari Maathai receives Nobel Peace Prize
We are thrilled that Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement, and Global Footprint Network Advisory Council Member, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee said it chose Maathai "for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace."
 
 
Limits to Growth, The 30 Year Update
30 years ago, a group of young scientists at MIT published a book that shocked the world. The Limits to Growth, lead-authored by Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers and Dennis Meadows became a global bestseller that awoke us to the possibility that humanity could exceed earth's limits. Their research has now been revisited in Limits to Growth, The 30 Year Update.
 
 
Watch Video Interview: Ecological Footprinting, The Opportunity for Cities
A short interview with Mathis Wackernagel is now available to watch at www.big-picture.tv. Big Picture is a free online resource that streams short video clips of leading thinkers in sustainability. This Ecological Footprint interview was filmed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002.
 
 
FEATURE
 
Welcoming 18 new partner organizations!
By Mike Wallace, Director of Partnerships
 
The past few months have been exciting ones at Global Footprint Network as we reach out to all major Footprint practitioners around the world in an effort to engage them in our work. We have been met by incredible enthusiasm for our mission and excitement about what we can accomplish together. We are now pleased to announce 18 new partners. Our diverse partnership base now includes organizations from academia, government, consulting, and NGOs.
 
 
 
RESEARCH AND STANDARDS UPDATE
   
 
2004 National Accounts Released and Available!
The Global Footprint Network is pleased to announce the release of the 2004 Edition of the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts. Covering 150 countries over the past 40 years, the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts provide common and globally comparable results and conversion factors for Ecological Footprinting. The headline findings will be published by WWF International in the upcoming Living Planet Report 2004.
 
Standards and National Accounts Committees
One of the fundamental goals of Global Footprint Network is to support standardization of Ecological Footprint applications, in order to create a globally consistent way of measuring sustainability. We view this mundane-sounding work an essential foundation for the Ecological Footprint to achieve its potential as a key sustainability tool. We are pleased to announce an important step towards accomplishing this goal.