Ecological Footprint: Managing Our Biocapacity Budget by Mathis Wackernagel

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Ecological Footprint accounting, first introduced in the 1990s and continuously developed, continues to be the only metric that compares overall human demand on nature with what our planet can renew -- its biocapacity -- and distils this into one number: how many Earths we use.

Our economy is running a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scheme with the planet. We use future resources to run the present, using more than Earth can replenish. Like any such scheme, this works for a limited time, followed by a crash.

Avoiding ecological bankruptcy requires rigorous resource accounting -- a challenging task, but doable with the right tools.

New Society Publishers: 2019.
ISBN: 9780865719118. 288 pp.
Softcover. Near fine.