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

Food security in a world of overshoot

Humanity’s demand for biological resources has outpaced our planet’s ability to regenerate resources since the 1970s (1). The persistence of this overshoot has led to tensions. Shocks in supply chains associated with the global pandemic and the Russian invasion of... Read More

The Stockholm Syndrome

What does the Stockholm syndrome have to do with resource security? Read on! 50 years ago, from June 5–16, 1972, the United Nations held its largest ever gathering on development and environment: the Conference on the Human Environment, which convened... Read More

Implications of the Ukraine invasion: a resource overview

By Leo Wambersie, research associate, David Lin, Ph.D., chief science officer, and Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D., founder and president The Ukraine invasion comes with heart-breaking human suffering. It will also impact people far away from the war as global supply chains... Read More

Explore the University Footprint Calculator!

The wait is over: after two years of hard work, the EUSTEPs project delivered the tool for Higher Education Institutions to measure their environmental impact, guide their efforts towards sustainability, and track their progress. Launched on April 1st, 2022, the... Read More

Celebrating highlights from 2021

There’s no sugarcoating it: 2021 turned out to be a challenging year for us all. However, we celebrate that it was also a year that brought biodiversity to the forefront of the public debate. Home-bound urban dwellers spoke out about... Read More

Remembering two biodiversity thought-leaders

By Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D., Founder and President Along with the joy of Christmas came some sadness. We lost two dear advisors: Thomas Lovejoy and E.O. Wilson. My friendship with the amazing Tom Lovejoy began when he, Bill Rees, and I... Read More