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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

"The Ecological Footprint is one of the most important environmental concepts in currency today, with virtually unlimited educational and practical implications."
- E.O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

Listen to BBC Special on the Ecological Footprint
Prepare to be entertained! This half hour BBC special is a lively look at the Footprint from a wide range of perspectives. Learn about the Footprint of The FA (Football Association) Cup, held in Cardiff, arguably the biggest domestic soccer competition in the world. Hear about how the Footprint is helping London 2012 with its Olympic bid centering on the theme, "Towards a One Planet Olympics." Later, BBC visits WEEE Man, the 7 meter high man constructed of human electronic waste. And later, in the show we hear from Bjorn Lomborg, Author of The Skeptical Environmentalist, who debated John Barrett (pictured above) of Stockholm Environment Institute on the technical aspects of how the Ecological Footprint is calculated.
Join us for World Environment Day
San Francisco is this year's host for UN's World Environment Day. Over 40,000 attendees are expected; Global Footprint Network will be there too. Please join us at one of our events or stop by our booth at Fort Mason:

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June 2, 2005 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Greening Cities with the Ecological Footprint: Presentation by Mathis Wackernagel followed by a reception. Location: Swissnex, 730 Montgomery St., San Francisco Tickets are limited, register by May 31st.

June 3, 2005 2:30 - 5:30pm
Plugging into the Future: Public+Private Partnership for Equitable Sustainability: Join Zurich luminaries including Dr. Elmar Ledergerber, Mayor of Zurich; Andreas Schlapfer, Swiss Re; and Stephan Schneider, Stanford University and others to learn about the cutting-edge partnership that is greening Zurich. Moderator: Mathis Wackernagel. Location: Swissnex, 730 Montgomery St., San Francisco. Tickets are limited, register by June 1st.
May 31, 2005 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Green City Visions, Rebuilding the City to Save the Environment
A One Day Conference (followed by a reception) featuring, among others: Carl Pope, Executive Director, Sierra Club, Richard Heingerg, Author, "The Party's Over," Randy Hayes, City of Oakland, Van Jones, The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Michel Gelobter, Redefining Progress, who will be speaking about the Ecological Footprint. Location: Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA.
Book Review: Ecological Debt: The Health of the Planet and the Wealth of Nations by Andrew Simms

'Creative and compelling.'
The Guardian

'Essential reading.'
R K Pachauri, Head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
In Ecological Debt Andrew Simms argues that the wealth of the West was built on ecological debts, debts that are disproportionately a burden on the world's poor. Highlighting how and why this has happened, he also shows what steps we can take to correct this imbalance and preserve the ecosystem for future generations.
National Accounts now available online
Responding to popular interest in the workings of the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts, we are pleased to announce that the Academic Edition of the Accounts is now available for download directly from our web site. This Edition contains the complete National Accounts data and calculation methodology for the world and for a sample country, Hungary. We welcome students and researchers to learn more about the science underlying the Ecological Footprint by exploring the Accounts.