BENEFITING: GLOBAL FOOTPRINT NETWORK INC
Global Footprint Network helps nations around the world provide well-being for their citizens, within the means of nature. Resource constraints are shaping the performance of entire economies, yet without an ecological bank statement, nations spend blindly, with significant implications for the poor. Yet, resource risks can be tracked and averted.
We put tools in the hands of decision makers so they can guide their economies towards those that meet human needs within the bounds of nature. Using our unique National Footprint Accounts, based on the popular Ecological Footprint Methodology, we make resource accounting as commonplace as tracking GDP, employment, and debt.
Our Impact: To date, Global Footprint Network has engaged with 57 countries to address their ecological constraints. Over a million people around the world every year use our Ecological Footprint calculator to measure their own Footprint. Global Footprint Network works with leading scientists and 76 partner organizations in 29 countries and territories to extend Footprint research into new domains across the globe. 20 nations have initiated or completed scientific reviews of the Ecological Footprint. Japan, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, Ecuador, Finland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Scotland, Wales, the Philippines and Indonesia have formally adopted it. We celebrate the accomplishments of these nations, challenge them to go further, and call on other nations to join them. For global impact, we need a critical mass of countries to shift their investments and policies.
Your donation will support our award winning work in the following ways:
- Improving and updating our National Footprint Accounts, which work like bank statements to track countries’ ecological resource budget
- Providing country-specific analysis for nations to highlight the risks, opportunities and policy options they can take advantage of
- Launching global and national “Earth Overshoot Day” media campaigns, to spark global dialogue about how we can facilitate a one-planet future
Awards and Recognition: Our impact has not gone unnoticed. In addition to the prestigious 2007 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship awarded to founders Mathis Wackernagel and Susan Burns, Wackernagel also received the 2011 Zayed International Prize for the Environment, the 2006 WWF Award for Conservation Merit and the 2005 Herman Daly Award of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics. In 2012, Wackernagel co-received both the Kenneth E. Boulding award from the International Society for Ecological Economics and the prestigious Blue Planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation. Global Footprint Network was also named one of the top 100 NGOs in the world by The Global Journal for the past two years.