We are proud that 2019 was a year of significant output and record impact at Global Footprint Network. It is also a year during which we observed encouraging breakthroughs in the public mindset about sustainability, as exemplified by the resounding success of “green” candidates at the European general elections. Earth Overshoot Day solidified its popularity as a mainstream event around the globe, as it improved traction in Asia, Latin America and even in the United States, overall with over 25% more media impressions than the year prior. Public demand for solutions is clearly gaining momentum. Particularly stunning was the rapidly emerging youth movement, largely inspired by Greta Thunberg. It has already helped shift European politics and is energizing the climate debate around the world.
And still 2019 had the earliest Earth Overshoot Day date in human history. The trends are not yet turning through deliberate interventions. The result is increased resource fragility of the human economy.
Given this mismatch between where we need to go and where we are, Ecological Footprint accounting remains quintessential. Without reversing our loss of resource security, many people’s lives could get harmed. For that we need effective management and decisions tools like the Footprint. And if we get the relationship with our planet right, not only can economies succeed, but we can get to a world where all thrive within the means of our one-planet. You can learn more about our strategy here.