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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

"I know of no better way of thinking about sustainability or carrying capability on a global scale than Ecological Footprinting."

- Peter Raven, Missouri Botanical Garden

The United Kingdom Moves Toward a One Planet Economy
Prime Minister Tony Blair, with the launch of the government's Sustainable Development Framework, has endorsed a radical new plan to shift the UK economy towards a 'One Planet Economy.' To support this plan, WWF has produced a new report, Ecological Budget UK - Counting Consumption, which estimates that meeting this goal will require a 75 percent reduction in the UK's Ecological Footprint.

WorldWatch Releases 2006 State of the Environment Report
The dramatic rise of China and India presents one of the gravest threats - and greatest opportunities - facing the world today, says the WorldWatch Institute in its State of the World 2006 report. The choices these countries make in the next few years will lead the world either towards a future of growing ecological and political instability - or down a development path based on efficient technologies and better stewardship of resources.

"Rising demand for energy, food, and raw materials by 2.5 billion Chinese and Indians is already having ripple effects worldwide," says Worldwatch President Christopher Flavin.

Does Globalization Benefit the Poor?
Global Footprint Network Partner nef recently released Growth Isn't Working: The Uneven Distribution of Benefits and Costs from Economic Growth. This bold and controversial report argues that globalization is failing the world's poorest as their share of the benefits of growth plummets, and that accelerating climate change hurts the poorest most.

Footprint Standards - Final Review Period Begins
As the Footprint gains in popularity and influence among governments around the world, the demand for methodological standards has been increasing. Responding to this demand, Global Footprint Network initiated a, committee-based consensus process for both the development of standards and for an ongoing scientific review of the methodology.

In December 2005, the Standards Committee released draft standards for public comment. These comments have been incorporated into a final document which is available for review now. If you would like to comment on the standards, please click here. The first official version of the standards are scheduled to be released in June 2006 at the Footprint Forum 2006, our international meeting in Siena, Italy.

Martin Kärcher, Coordinator, Swiss Office
Global Footprint Network Opens Swiss Office
In response to strong governmental interest in the Footprint in Europe, Global Footprint Network recently opened an office in Zürich, Switzerland. The office is led by Martin Kärcher. Our new Swiss office has been made possible by a generous donation from our Partner, Novatlantis.