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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
"The Ecological Footprint is one of the most important environmental
concepts in currency today, with virtually unlimited educational and
- 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
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:
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.
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.
||RESEARCH AND STANDARDS UPDATE
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.