Swiss Deficit Day:
Switzerland is 32nd out of 35

By Dr. Mathis Wackernagel, Dr. Anita Frehner, Dr. Lucas Grob, Dr. Adrian Müller, Dr. David Lin Global Footprint Network, FiBL, & Swiss Food Research DEUTSCHE VERSION UNTEN This piece provides background to Swiss Deficit Day, or the day of the... Read 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 attended one of my lectures in Santiago de Chile about sustainability imperatives and the need “to reduce our Footprint.”  I... Read 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 to help universities and individuals explore paths to sustainability. The first ever online Footprint Calculator for Universities was launched as... Read More

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... Read More

Herman Daly - A giant left us

By Mathis Wackernagel, Global Footprint Network A larger than life luminary –kind, gentle, clear, persistent, honest, caring, and utterly brilliant– left us living beings on this precious planet. Herman Daly also left a huge intellectual mark of highest relevance. Experiencing... Read More

How to leave no one behind in a world of overshoot

By Paul Polman and Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D. 2022 turns out to be 2020 on steroids: ongoing pandemic, international tensions and conflicts, energy and food crunches, and wilder climate patterns. Earth Overshoot Day fell on the earliest date ever, July 28th.... Read More