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» Global Footprint Network: Measure What You Treasure

Global Footprint Network envisions a future where all thrive within the means of our one planet. It is headquartered in Oakland, California, founded in 2003. The network is an independent think tank originally based in the United States, Belgium and Switzerland.

In 2017, its members launched the Ecological Footprint Explorer open data platform, making their most recent footprint and biocapacity data for more than 200 countries available for free.

Their individual Ecological Footprint Calculator currently draws almost 3 million users per year, for a cumulative 13 million since it was launched online in 2007. Users include students and educators who measure their ecological footprint and learn more about what they can do to tread more lightly on the Earth. A mobile-friendly version of the calculator is available in eight languages with updated data, methodology and insightful graphics.

Every two years, World Wildlife Fund for Nature publishes the “Living Planet Report,” the world’s leading science-based analysis on the health of our planet and the impact of human activity. Global Footprint Network has collaborated with WWF on the biennial “Living Planet Report” since 2000. The 2020 report shows the over-exploitation of ecological resources by humanity has contributed to a 68% plunge in wild vertebrate populations from 1970 to 2016. You can download the full report at FootprintNetwork.org/About-Us/Impact.

According to Global Footprint Network, humanity is currently using the resources of 1.6 planets to provide the goods and services we demand when we only have one Earth. One compelling segment of their home page is “How Many Earths?” and explores the footprints and biocapacity of individual countries.

Global Footprint Network engages with more than 70 countries on six continents, works with 15 national governments to apply the metric and has partnered with more than 80 organizations on numerous projects to benefit our planet. Learn the facts at FootprintNetwork.org

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