Global Footprint Network – Switzerland, a Swiss Foundation established in 2008, envisions a future where all can thrive within the means of our one planet.
We enable our vision through our mission: to help end ecological overshoot
by making ecological limits central to decision-making.
Basel Naturhistorisches Museum collaboration – In June 2022, the Basel Naturhistorisches Museum and Global Footprint Network will host an event on cities and sustainability with the mayor of Basel.
AVINA Food Grant – Marta Antonelli is representing us in Switzerland, thanks to a generous grant from the Stiftung AVINA which is funding a sustainable food initiative. The collaboration includes FiBL in Switzerland and Wageningen University in the Netherlands, with our first workshop held in Zurich in December 2021.
Swiss Overshoot Day – We produce the annual Swiss Overshoot Day campaign to recognize the date and promote actions to #MoveTheDate of Overshoot Day.
Footprint Data Foundation (FoDaFo) – Our Swiss science advisor supports FoDaFo to strengthen its ability to provide the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts.
Finance for Change – Launched in 2011, our Finance for Change Initiative helps investors, credit rating agencies, and country risk analysts identify, quantify, and integrate environmental risks into their analysis and decision-making. The Initiative built on a collaboration with UNEP Finance Initiative. Many of its achievements can be found on footprintfinance.org.
Achtung Schweiz – Could it be that climate change and resource constraints do have an influence on countries’ future performance? Should they wait for others to act? Are they too small to act? Or, might they be too exposed to wait? Thanks to a grant from Stiftung Mercator Schweiz and Paul Schiller Stiftung, we had the chance to explore these questions for Switzerland in the context of the Green Economy initiative in 2016. Building on three workshops, we developed “Achtung, Liebe Schweiz!” or “Watch Out, Dear Switzerland!” — a proposal that identifies the challenges and proposes steps Switzerland, or any country, could take to increase its likelihood of future success.
COLLABORATION WITH GLOBAL FOOTPRINT NETWORK — CALIFORNIA
Global Footprint Network – Switzerland promotes the research and application of Ecological Footprint methodology, which is the only comprehensive accounting approach that can compare overall human demand on nature against what the planet can renew. Global Footprint Network – Switzerland exists to support key Footprint initiatives in Switzerland, Europe, and around the world, including in collaboration and partnership with Global Footprint Network – California on global Footprint-related campaigns.
Indeed, Footprint accounting work began in the country before Global Footprint Network – Switzerland was established. In December 2006, Switzerland became the first country to work with Global Footprint Network – California to examine and understand its Ecological Footprint and biocapacity results (see Global Footprint Network – California’s Switzerland Case Study). Following this assessment, Swiss and European demand for Ecological Footprint accounting, data, and tools only grew, leading to the establishment of Global Footprint Network – Switzerland in 2008.
Every year since then, Global Footprint Network – Switzerland has publicized Earth Overshoot Day – the date (calculated by Global Footprint Network – California) when humanity has used all the resources Earth can generate in one year. In 2021, Earth Overshoot Day fell on July 29, and was recognized in over 100 countries, through 5,800 stories on the web, with 7 billion global media impressions. In Switzerland specifically, country-specific press releases were published in English, French, and German, and Earth Overshoot Day 2021 was referenced in 193 articles, with 112 million media impressions.
Also in 2021, Global Footprint Network – Switzerland supported the 100 Days of Possibility initiative (led by Global Footprint Network – California and launched on Earth Overshoot Day) by promoting daily solution posts and recruiting Swiss construction company Eberhard as a solution sponsor. Eberhard’s low carbon circular concrete and construction waste recycler were showcased as two of the many ways we can use existing technology to displace business as usual practices.
In recent years, Global Footprint Network – Switzerland has worked with Global Footprint Network – California on the creation of the Footprint Data Foundation (FoDaFo), which maintains and updates the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts (NFAs) as a trusted, neutral, and scientifically robust data source. Produced independently, the Accounts are made available to support decision making. In producing and maintaining the NFAs, FoDaFo also trains a growing pool of researchers skilled in Footprint accounting to continue advancing the Foundation’s mission and vision.
Mathis Wackernagel is co-creator of the Ecological Footprint and President of Global Footprint Network. He completed a Ph.D. in community and regional planning with Professor William Rees at the University of British Columbia, where his doctoral dissertation developed the Ecological Footprint concept. Mathis also earned a mechanical engineering degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
Marta Antonelli has been exploring how to accelerate the transition towards sustainable food systems as business advisor, researcher, and lecturer over the past 12 years. Her expertise lies in food, water and agricultural policy; sustainable and healthy diets; urban food systems; food waste; climate change; the Sustainable Development Goals.
As Food Systems Project Lead at Global Footprint Network, she contributes to research on the Ecological Footprint of food and the Food4Future project.
She earned a Ph.D. in Environment, Politics and Development (King’s College London), with a thesis on food and water security in the Middle East and North African region. She received a MSc in International Economics (La Sapienza University of Rome) and a MSc in Development Studies (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London).
With over 40 years of experience in ecology and conservation, Chris has an excellent understanding of the ecology of the planet, as well as a deep knowledge of the challenges in trying to harmonise the aspirations of modern society with the needs of nature conservation and environmental security. His experience ranges from academia in Europe and Asia (studying and teaching ecology, ornithology and zoology), to advisory roles at Government level and the establishment of a biodiversity conservation and environmental management programme which continues in Singapore today. Within WWF, he established new conservation programmes in several countries across the Asia-Pacific Region, formulated WWF’s first global strategic framework and its monitoring process, turned the Living Planet Report into WWF’s flagship publication, strengthened network management and governance, conceived the Luc Hoffmann Research Institute, and delivered a $100m fundraising campaign. Since retiring in 2016, Chris continues to support and advise organisations in several countries, conducting assessments, strategies and evaluations, and invests himself in personal projects related to nature and the environment.
Loredana Serban manages operations in the Geneva office. She has experience working with nonprofit organizations and the private sector in the areas of finance, operations, and program management. Originally from Romania, Loredana received a master’s in financial management and a BA in economics. She also serves as Treasurer for the Organization of Women in International Trade.
Sandra Browne, MBA, COO, Industrial Logic Inc.
Alexa Firmenich, Co-founder, Atlas Unbound Ivo Knoepfel, Ph.D., CIIA, Founding Partner, onValues
Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Former Secretary General of IUCN Rosanna Marie Neil, Policy Counsel, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance André Hoffmann, Honorary Chair; Vice-Chairman, Roche
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