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Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth

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An excellent handbook for community activists, planners, teachers, students and policy makers.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by New Society Publishers (first published November 1st 1994)
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The seminal work on ecological footprinting, Our Ecological Footprint is a great starter on the concept and how ecological footprint analysis can help us move towards a more sustainable future. Ecological footprint analysis (EF) "estimates the resource consumption and waste assimilation requirements of a defined human population or economy in terms of a corresponding productive land area" (p9).

While the model explained in the book has a lot of limits, these are acknowledged and ecological footp
Terri Kempton
Mar 07, 2011 Terri Kempton rated it it was amazing
This book should be required reading for everyone on the planet - especially those of us who live beyond sustainability. So clear, so concise, so inspiring!
Dec 11, 2010 Marshall rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Environmentalists
This book describes the Ecological Footprint analysis technique, written by its creators. This is the most promising approach to sustainability I've found thus far. It advocates replacing sustainability-as-sacrifice and sustainability-as-moralizing with an empirical approach in which "sustainability" is actually defined and quantified, and our impact on the Earth and environment is measured. This is just a model, and estimates must be used, as it's impossible to know exactly what the human carry ...more
Brent Ranalli
A short, very readable classic in environmental studies.
Apr 14, 2014 Brian rated it liked it
A reasonably well-written summary of the methodology of estimating ecological impacts on an individual and aggregate basis. The book struggles with being too simple (and simplistic) in places, and to nerdy and technical in others. First appearing nearly 20 years ago, it is somewhat dated in its statistics and other facts and could stand to be updated. However, in terms of raising awareness and providing a hopeful direction for the future we now are living, it is a worthwhile read.
May 30, 2007 Tia rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: sadhus
basically, this book tells you what your ecological footprint is, and then describes the ways you can reduce it. Unfortunately it requires a kind of radical shift in lifestyle that few would be willing to adopt. I live in a single house with 9 people, I don't own a car, I don't eat meat, I rarely buy new clothes or new products--and yet if everyone lived my lifestyle, we would still require three or four planets equivalent in size to Earth if everyone lived like me. The book is too disheartening ...more
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Nov 17, 2009 Jillian rated it liked it
This is a really interesting way of looking at human consumption and the impacts on the environment. It's a little far out with some of the concepts, but overall, it makes you think.
Aug 07, 2007 Geetanjali rated it it was amazing
A book that people must read to understand how immense the impact often is of their daily action's on the globe. The authors started this a a small graduate school project.
Jun 10, 2007 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: ecology, capitalism
the cartoons are nice. the message is obvious, just read the title and spare yourself the time.
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Mathis Wackernagel is a Swiss-born sustainability advocate. He is currently President of Global Footprint Network, an international sustainability think tank with offices in Oakland, California; Brussels, Belgium, and Geneva, Switzerland. The think-tank is a non-profit that focuses on developing and promoting metrics for sustainability.
After earning a degree in mechanical engineering from the Swis
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