Sharing Nature's Interest: Ecological Footprints as an Indicator of Sustainability

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Ecological Footprinting is rapidly being adopted as the most effective and practical way to measure our impact on the environment - in both large and small scale planning and development. Government agencies, NGOs, local authorities, planners and managers are all turning to it, since without a way of measuring consequences we cannot hope to live within the environmental resources available. We have to live off nature's interest, not its capital.
"Sharing Nature's Interest "provides a simple and straightforward introduction to ecological footprint analysis, showing how it can be done, and how to measure the "footprints" of activities, lifestyles, organizations and regions. Case studies clearly illustrate its effectiveness at national, organizational, individual and product levels. An invaluable resource for anyone attempting to understand or quantify human impacts on the environment.

My initial fascination with ecological footprinting is further bolstered by " Sharing Nature's Interest". Congratulations on a job well done." Lester Brown, Chairman, Worldwatch Institute"

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
[The authors] deftly collaborate to present the reader with a compendium of information on assessing ecology on a regional and global basis through a process called ecological footprinting. The informative text is enhanced by figure, tables, summary boxes, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, a primer on thermodynamics, conversion tables, glossary and an index. [This] is an important and highly recommended addition to personal, academic and professional environmental studies reference collections and reading lists.
From The Critics
In Sharing Nature's Interest: Ecological Footprints As An Indicator Of Sustainability, Nicky Chambers, Craig Simmons, and Mathis Wackernagel deftly collaborate to present the reader with a compendium of information on assessing ecology on a regional and a global basis through a process called 'ecological footprinting. The informative text is enhanced with figures, tables, summary "boxes", a list of acronyms and abbreviations, a primer on thermodynamics, conversion tables, glossary, and an index. Sharing Nature's Interest is an important and highly recommended addition to personal, academic, and professional environmental studies reference collections and reading lists.
From the Publisher
'An invaluable resource.'

�This book sets out the most important compass that society can have if we are to navigate the future.'
Ed Mayo, Executive Director, New Economics Foundation

'It combines important advice for individual action backed by a dazzling display of science.'
Tim Beaumont, Lord Beaumont of Whitley, Green Party Representative in the UK House of Lords

'This book should be read by every policymaker.'
Paul Kingsnorth, Deputy Editor, The Ecologist

'Sharing Nature's Interest is a straightforward guide.'
The European Sustainable Cities and Towns Campaign

'This book should be an essential reference for anyone seriously wondering how it is we begin to measure our impact on global sustainability and in particular for those of us that want to ensure sustainability is rooted in addressing our impact upon nature.'
What on Earth Magazine

'An educational pearl of high value.'
International Journal of Sustainable Development

'for those who like ideas, and are longing for terms to be found for serious intergovernmental debate on ecological justice, this is an encouraging read.'
Green Christians

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853837388
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicky Chambers and Craig Simmons are co-founders and directors of Best Foot Forward, a leading UK environmental consultancy. Mathis Wackernagel is a programme director of Redefining Progress in the US, coordinator of the Centre for Sustainability Studies in Mexico and co-author of Our Ecological Footprint.
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Table of Contents

Figures, Tables and Boxes
Acronyms and Abbreviations
1 Redefining progress 1
2 Indicating progress 15
3 Footprinting foundations 35
4 Footprinting fundamentals 59
5 From activities to impacts 79
6 Twenty questions about ecological footprinting 107
7 Global and national footprints 117
8 Regional footprinting 133
9 Assessing the impact of organizations and services 145
10 Footprinting for product assessment 153
11 Footprinting lifestyles - how big is your ecological garden? 163
12 Next steps 171
Annexe 1 - A Primer on Thermodynamics 173
Conversion Tables 175
Glossary 177
Index 179
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