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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.
William E. Rees
M S Swaminathan
Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker
Herman E. Daly
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
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.
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.
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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.