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Humans use as much ecological resources as if we lived on 1.75 Earths (source). The Ecological Footprint is the only metric that compares the resource demand of individuals, governments, and businesses against Earth's capacity for biological regeneration.

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It’s official: Footprints for monitoring biodiversity health

photo credit: UN Biodiversity All five mechanisms that drive down biodiversity are symptoms of ecological overshoot (see also the adjacent blue box). Overshoot is caused by the human economy’s demand for more resources from nature than nature can regenerate. This insight was core to a proposal for the UN Biodiversity Conference COP 15. Several countries... View Full Blog

Food security in a
world of overshoot

Those with higher incomes than others are more likely to be able to buy more from other countries than vice versa. More ›

Don't reduce your Footprint!

By Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D., founder and President This blog is dedicated to a young, brilliant student. Back in 1995, she...   More ›

2022: A year in review

Before we look forward to 2023, let’s look back at all that we achieved in 2022. We launched new tools...   More ›

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