Ecological Footprint: Managing Our Biocapacity Budget

byMathis Wackernagel, Bert BeyersTranslated byKatharina Rout

September 3, 2019|
Ecological Footprint: Managing Our Biocapacity Budget by Mathis Wackernagel
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The only metric that tracks how much nature we have – and how much nature we use

Ecological Footprint accounting, first introduced in the 1990s and continuously developed, continues to be the only metric that compares overall human demand on nature with what our planet can renew — its biocapacity — and distils this into one number: how many Earths we use.

Our economy is running a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scheme with the planet. We use future resources to run the present, using more than Earth can replenish. Like any such scheme, this works for a limited time, followed by a crash.

Avoiding ecological bankruptcy requires rigorous resource accounting — a challenging task, but doable with the right tools.

Ecological Footprint provides a complete introduction, covering:

  • Footprint and biocapacity accounting
  • Data and key findings for nations
  • Worldwide examples including businesses, cities, and countries
  • Strategies for creating regenerative economies

Whether you’re a student, business leader, future-oriented city planner, economist, or have an abiding interest in humanity’s future, Footprint and biocapacity are key parameters to be reckoned with and Ecological Footprint is your essential guide.

Mathis Wackernagel, born in Basel, Switzerland, is co-creator of the Ecological Footprint and president of Global Footprint Network, which was named one of the World’s 100 Top NGOs by The Global Journal. Wackernagel has worked on sustainability with governments, corporations, and international NGOs on six continents, and has lectured a...
Title:Ecological Footprint: Managing Our Biocapacity Budget
Product dimensions:288 pages, 9 X 5.9 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:288 pages, 9 X 5.9 X 1 in
Published:September 3, 2019
Publisher:New Society Publishers
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780865719118

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