What is environmental footprint?


Number of planet Earths we need

to provide resources and absorb our waste

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The environmental footprint (or eco footprint)...
is a measure of human demand on the Earth's ecosystems. It says something about how many planet Earths we need to support our way of life.

Top 4 facts about number of planet earths we need


We are consuming the future

If Earth’s history is compared to a calendar year, modern human life has existed for 23 minutes and we have used one third of Earth’s natural resources in the last 0.2 seconds.


We only have one planet

Today we need about 1.6 planets to provide the resources for our consumption and absorb our waste. By the mid 2030s we will need 2 planets. We only have one!


Overuse is increasing

In 2012 “earth overshoot day” was August 22 meaning that from this day humanity lives beyond the ecological capacity of planet earth. Every year the day arrives a little earlier… in 2009 it was September 25. Read about overshoot day here.


We are all part of it

Current overuse is due to our consumption of goods and services. The extraction, production, distribution, use, and disposal of the stuff we buy. As a consumer you have the possibility to make a positive difference.

Number of planet Earths we need

The global footprint network has developed a measure for our use of Earth’s resources. It measures how much land and water area a human population requires to produce the resource it consumes and to absorb its wastes, using prevailing technology. It includes measures of energy, food, timber, waste. At the moment we are overusing Earth at about 160 percent meaning that we need 1.6 planets to support our consumption of resources.

We are consuming the future

We only have one planet

Overuse is increasing

We are all part of it

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Earth overshoot day

Humanity’s annual demand on the natural world has exceeded what the Earth can renew in a year since the 1970s. This “ecological overshoot” has continued to grow over the years.

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