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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
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Julia Marton-Lefèvre
William E. Rees
Lester Brown
Jorgen Randers
M S Swaminathan
Daniel Pauly
Eric Garcetti
Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker
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Karl-Henrik Robèrt
Will Steffen
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Mick Bourke

"The Footprinting methodology is the most ingenious way of communicating unsustainability to the general public - it goes directly to the point and through intuition it allows laypeople to 'get it'."

- Karl-Henrik Robért
Founder of The Natural Step

October 9th is Overshoot Day
Rising consumption of ecological resources is pushing the world into ever earlier ecological deficit or 'Overshoot'

Ecological Footprint accounting shows that, as of October 9th, humanity has already consumed the total amount of new resources nature will produce this year.

"Humanity is living off its ecological credit card and can only do this by liquidating the planet's ecological assets," said Dr. Mathis Wackernagel, Executive Director of Global Footprint Network, "While this can be done for a short while, overshoot ultimately leads to the depletion of resources, such as the forests, oceans and agricultural land upon which our economy depends."

Global Footprint Network joins UNEP Biodiversity Indicators Partnership

Global Footprint Network is pleased to announce its participation in the 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP). 2010BIP is a new initiative of the United Nations Environment Program World Conservation Monitoring Centre that brings together over 40 organizations to "achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss." The target was adopted by over 190 of the world's governments at the meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2001, and endorsed by the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002.

New Economics Foundation uses Ecological Footprint in New National Happiness Index

The Happy Planet Index (HPI) is an innovative new measure from the New Economics Foundation, a Global Footprint Network partner, that shows the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered around the world. The HPI and accompanying report reveal that happiness doesn't have to cost the Earth. The Happy Planet Index combines environmental impact - measured through the Ecological Footprint - with well-being to guage the environmental efficiency with which, country by country, people live long and happy lives. It shows that people can live long, happy lives without necessarily having high Footprints.

Global Footprint Network Enjoys Expanding Partner Network

From a humble beginning of 12 founding partners, the Global Footprint Network family has grown into a truly diverse network of more than seventy partner organizations from across the globe. Since March almost thirty organizations have joined us as partners. The new crop of Global Footprint Network partners brings vital diversity to the partner network. With partners joining from the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, India, and from tiny Islands in the Pacific, we can now truly consider ourselves a global network. While diverse, we are all committed to a common goal: ending overshoot.

Tragic Loss of Life for WWF in Nepal

All of us at Global Footprint Network are extending our heartfelt condolences to the friends, family and co-workers of seven WWF employees who died in a helicopter crash in Nepal September 25, 2006. These conservationists were returning from a ceremony in which the government of Nepal handed over to local communities responsibility for managing the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, a place known for its beauty, biodiversity and rich cultural heritage. We will honor their memory by dedicating ourselves even more to the protection of our biological heritage. Read more.

Upcoming Regional Workshops in Africa

As part of our ongoing work for Swiss Development Agency, Global Footprint Network will be convening development experts from all over Africa in four workshops. At these events we will further explore the Ecological Footprint and its role in human development in Africa.

Workshop Dates:
  • Pretoria: October 9th and10th 2006
  • Nairobi: October 13th and 14th 2006
  • Dakar (November 2006)
  • North Africa (November 2006, held in North Africa or Geneva)
Find out more about workshop dates and logistics.

Call for Papers for May 2007 Ecological Footprint Conference

The BRASS Centre at Cardiff University will be hosting an international Ecological Footprint Conference in Cardiff, Wales on May 8-10, 2007. The conference, "Stepping Up the Pace: New Developments In Ecological Footprinting Methodology, Policy and Practice", will bring together researchers, practitioners, governments and businesses with an interest in Ecological Footprinting to debate, discuss and share experiences. The call for papers for the conference is now open - suggested topics include Ecological Footprint methodologies, case studies and applications, and policy implementation and implications. Abstracts are due 30 October 2006.

Conference Website

Mathis Wackernagel receives WWF Award for Conservation Merit

We are proud to announce that Mathis Wackernagel, Executive Director and Founder of the Global Footprint Network, received the WWF Award for Conservation Merit in recognition of his inspiration, enthusiasm and energy in developing the concept of the Ecological Footprint and promoting its uptake by decision makers throughout the world. Winners of the WWF Gold Panda and Conservation Merit Awards were announced at the 2006 WWF Annual Conference in June. The WWF Award for Conservation Merit is given to those who demonstrate a significant contribution and lifelong commitment to local conservation and conservation achievements.