The Ecological Footprint

Accounting for a Small Planet

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Official film description...

In the film, Wackernagel introduces the Ecological Footprint, a resource accounting tool that measures human demand on the Earth. Footprint accounts work like a bank statement, documenting whether we are living within our ecological budget or consuming nature's resources faster than the planet can renew them.

In just thirty minutes, the film paints a picture of our current global situation: for the first time, humanity is in “ecological overshoot” with annual demand on resources exceeding what Earth can regenerate each year. Most countries are running ecological deficits, with Footprints larger than their own biological capacity. Wackernagel explores the implications of these ecological deficits, and provides examples of how governments, communities and businesses are using the Footprint to help improve their ecological performance.

Notes on the film...

„The Ecological Footprint“ is very educational and therefore suitable for school screenings and for intellectual curious people. The film contains many facts, numbers and charts.

Technical information and screening rights...

Director: Patsy Northcutt
Actors: Mathis Wackernagel
Production: Northcutt Productions for Global Footprint Network
Year: 2004
Run Time: 36 min
Language (Audio): English
Bonus: extra information (PDF) and access to the online game “Footprint”

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