Teaching Building 4, Room 308
Mathis Wackernagel is the co-creator of the Ecological Footprint and CEO of Global Footprint Network (www.footprintnetwork.org). Since 2003 this international think-tank has engaged with more than 50 nations, 30 cities, and 70 global partners to deliver scientific insights that have driven high-impact policy and investment decisions. Together with its partners, Global Footprint Network focuses on bringing about a sustainable human economy in which all can thrive within the means of our one planet.
Selected Awards & Honors
IAIA Global Environment Award (2015)
Blue Planet Prize (2012)
Binding-Prize for Nature Conservation (2012)
Kenneth E. Boulding Memorial Award (2012)
Zayed International Prize for the Environment (2011)
Honorary doctorate from the University of Berne
Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
What does the Footprint do? Why does the Footprint matter?
How can I use it? What are its limitations?
Humanity’s demand on nature exceeds what the planet can renew by over 68 percent. This is one of the prominent conclusions of Ecological Footprint accounting, conceived by Mathis Wackernagel and his dissertation advisor Bill Rees in the run-up to the 1992 Rio conference, and advanced ever since.
Dr. Mathis Wackernagel will show us how the widely used ‘Footprint,’ which quantifies human demand against what is available, helps us build an Ecological Civilization.
Everyone who attends this course should watch a famous TED talk called: Start with Why (https://youtu.be/qp0HIF3Sf14). It will help the first part of the Ecological Footprint talk – about why would we want to look at Ecological Footprint.