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The green space is teeming these days with lengthy and complex explanations about the meaning of sustainability. But from that wealth of information, two exceptionally simple methods emerge for understanding what such a planet would actually look like, and how we can get there. Ecological Footprint and One Planet both frame human impact in terms of physical space. One indicates the space we exploit through our consumption patterns, and the other indicates the space we have to share -- equitably and permanently -- as a global population, if we intend to sustain life on Earth. The concepts distill daunting challenges into individual goals: If we can each shape our own footprints such that they never exceed what the planet can support , we'll accelerate our progress exponentially.
The percentage of species in several groups which are listed as critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable on the 2007 IUCN Red List. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (also known as the IUCN Red List or Red Data List ), founded in 1963, is the world's most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of biological species . The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world's main authority on the conservation status of species. A series of Regional Red Lists are produced by countries or organizations, which assess the risk of extinction to species within a political management unit.
by Worldchanging Intern, Alex Lowe: To understand the subtleties and difficulties in ecological footprinting , think of accounting. In the past few years, Enron's collapse and the scandals that surrounded WorldCom gave people a small glimpse into the intricacies of accountancy. To the uninitiated, the swirl of news reports circa 2003 must have posed several questions: How hard can accounting really be?
People often get disillusioned by sustainability, saying it is too complicated to understand, when in actual fact it is really quite simple. Think of it this way: every human activity consumes resources from the planet and produces waste that the planet must then deal with. We can even measure how close we are to a sustainable society.
Ecological Footprint What Is the Ecological Footprint? The Ecological Footprint is rooted in the fact that all renewable resources come from the earth. It accounts for the flows of energy and matter to and from any defined economy and converts these into the corresponding land/water area required for nature to support these flows. The Ecological Footprint is defined as "the area of productive land and water ecosystems required to produce the resources that the population consumes and assimilate the wastes that the population produces, wherever on Earth the land and water is located." 1 It compares actual throughput of renewable resources relative to what is annually renewed.
Important Information about this Data Set Suppliers are facilities or entities that supply certains products (e.g., fossil fuels or industrial gases) into the economy that, when combusted, released, or oxidized, result in GHG emissions. The emissions do not take place at the suppliers' reporting location. The data was reported to EPA by suppliers as of 01/15/2013.
The ecological footprint is a measure of human demand on the Earth's ecosystems . It is a standardized measure of demand for natural capital that may be contrasted with the planet's ecological capacity to regenerate. [ 1 ] It represents the amount of biologically productive land and sea area necessary to supply the resources a human population consumes, and to assimilate associated waste. Using this assessment, it is possible to estimate how much of the Earth (or how many planet Earths) it would take to support humanity if everybody followed a given lifestyle. For 2007, humanity's total ecological footprint was estimated at 1.5 planet Earths; that is, humanity uses ecological services 1.5 times as quickly as Earth can renew them. [ 2 ] Every year, this number is recalculated to incorporate the three-year lag due to the time it takes for the UN to collect and publish statistics and relevant research.
Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation, and educational organization. Its mission is to achieve and promote the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. ZSL runs London Zoo and Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, carries out scientific research in the Institute of Zoology, and is actively involved in field conservation worldwide. Global Footprint Network The GFN promotes a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a tool that makes sustainability measurable.