Global Footprint Network is at the crest of a great wave. In just four short years, we have made incredible strides toward sparking a global conversation about overshoot and ecological limits.
Large organizations including WWF have moved to organize their activities around the Ecological Footprint. Our “Ten-in-Ten” Campaign, which aims to institutionalize the Footprint in at least ten countries by 2015, has gained significant ground. Six national governments have engaged with us in research collaborations. Switzerland, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Ecuador, and France are now in the beginning stages of institutionalizing the Footprint as a national metric. This is a huge leap from just two countries on board in January 2007. We are even about to open a Global Footprint Network satellite office in Brussels to aid our work with countries in the European Union.
The Ecological Footprint is increasingly becoming a well-respected and mainstream concept, from Brussels to Bolivia. When expressing concern about unsustainable resource consumption and environmental degradation in his letter to the United Nations, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales touted the Footprint as a beacon of hope:
“Faced with [a] bleak future, transnational interests are proposing to continue as before…without realising that we are currently consuming in one year what the planet produces in one year and three months…We need to adopt an indicator that allows us to consider, in a combined way, the Human Development Index and the Ecological Footprint in order to measure our environmental situation.”
Each of our accomplishments is a small step toward the ultimate goal of living within the means of our planet. While we are incredibly proud of these accomplishments, we also know it is only the beginning. And we cannot continue to be successful without your help.
We have bold plans for the coming year—to develop new tools for local government; to release Ecological Footprint standards for organizations and products; to improve the scientific quality and transparency of the National Footprint Accounts and produce a guidebook to support their use; to produce regional Living Planet Reports for India, China, and Africa; and to create a web-based Ecological Footprint calculator that can be used all over the world. With expanded international engagement and a strong scientific foundation, the Footprint is poised to turn the tide toward a “one planet economy.”
Unfortunately, none of this comes cheaply. So this holiday season, we ask that you please give the gift of “one planet living” to your family and loved ones by making a generous donation to Global Footprint Network. All gifts are fully tax-deductible, and directly support our work to end ecological overshoot.
The board and staff of Global Footprint Network thank you for your continued support, and wish you all the best in the coming New Year.
Our sincerest thanks and our warmest wishes,