Sharing Nature's Interest: Ecological Footprints as an Indicator of Sustainability
by Nicky Chambers, Craig Simmons, Mathis Wackernagel
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Publication Date: 2000
Topics: Agriculture, Bioregions, Climate Change, Economics, Energy, Labor & Work / Classism, Nature, Population / Consumption, Sustainable Community, Technology, Third World Peoples, Toxics, Transportation, Visioning the Future
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Description: This book is a practical guide to ecological footprint analysis. Case studies and graphics illustrate its effectiveness at measuring the 'footprints' of activities, lifestyles, products, organizations and regions. It is an invaluable and accessible resource for planners, students, householders and anyone attempting to understand or quantify human impacts on the environment.
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"Every organism, be it a bacterium, whale or person, has an impact on the earth. We all rely upon the products and services of nature, both to supply us with raw materials and to assimilate our wastes. The impact we have on our environment is related to the 'quantity' of nature that we use or 'appropriate' to sustain our consumption patterns.
The key question is whether this load exceeds what nature can sustainably support. There is only a finite amount of natural resources in the planet's ecological bank account. If we continually deplete this capital then - eventually - we will have nothing left to draw upon. Instead, we must learn to live within nature's interest, sharing the bounty with the tumultuous diversity of other life on this planet.
In this book, we describe one practical method that allows us to explore and manage our impact on the environment. Using ecological footprint analysis it is possible to estimate the area of land that would be necessary to sustainably support consumption levels.
It is said that every journey starts with a single step. The authors' hope is that this book will encourage you to try out ecological footprinting for yourself and to understand more about your relationship with the natural world.
You have within your power a great gift for future generations, and that is learning to live better on a smaller footprint.
Enjoy life and share in nature's interest."
(Nicky Chambers, Craig Simmons, Mathis Wackernagel, from the Introduction)
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Review(s): "This book shows ecological footprinting to be a vital tool to help assess our real impact on the planet. It should be read by every policymaker." - Paul Kingsnorth, deputy editor, The Ecologist
"Ecological footprinting is a tool to help us think more clearly about our relationship to the planet and, hence, to future generations. My initial fascination with ecological footprinting is further bolstered by 'Sharing Nature's Interest'. Congratulations on a job well done" - Lester Brown, Chairman of the Board, Worldwatch Institute
"Every one of us is responsible for making an impact on the world's environment. This book is a significant contribution to the debate about how we can and should lessen that impact, for the good of all" - Robert Napier, Chief Executive, World Wildlife Fund-UK
"This book explodes the myth of environmental performance. No matter who you are - an individual, a company, a community or a government department - ecological footprinting will help you to make the link between your environmental performance and the carrying capacity of the surrounding environment" - Mark Barthel, Head of Sustainability Group, British Standards Institution (BSI)
"Ecological footprinting is a tool that can bring great benefits to those businesses that want to work towards sustainable development. It clearly communicates the areas to focus on, the gaps within company strategies and the progress made in bridging these gaps. This book leads the way." - Ken Smith, Sustainable Development Manager, Anglian Water Services
"Using examples from around the world, the authors make a compelling case that human consumption is exceeding that which nature can regenerate. But the message is one of hope: by taking action now each and everyone of us can help to build a fairer, more sustainable future" - Caroline Lucas, Member of the Industry, Trade, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament