Mathis Wackernagel,Eco-Footprints and Opportunities

A Trust for Sustainable Living Interview for Thought Leaders / International Institute for Sustainable Development – Information Centre.

In this interview, we explore the rise and rise of ecological footprinting from the perspective of its co-creator, Mathis Wackernagel. Dr. Wackernagel developed the eco-footprinting methodology as the subject of his Ph.D thesis, under the supervision of Professor Bill Rees at the University of British Colombia, and now serves as president of the influential Global Footprint Network. Since 1996, when Wackernagel and Rees published Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth, eco-footprinting has become a global movement for changing the way countries think about and measure economic growth. By demanding that impacts on ‘natural capital’ be included, the eco-footprint has emerged as a formidable challenger to more conventional metrics like GDP and GNP.

Karl Hansen discussed the rise of ecological footprinting with Mathis Wackernagel at the Footprint Forum 2010 in Colle di Val d’Elsa near Siena, Italy in June 2010.

Mathis Wackernagel, part 1 – Ecological Footprint Idea & Uptake

Mathis Wackernagel, part 2 – Ecological Footprint Trends

Mathis Wackernagel, part 3 – Ecological Footprint Opportunities

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