📺 Welcome to the Circular Metabolism podcast 📺. Hello everyone and Welcome to the Circular Metabolism podcast, I am your host, Aristide from Metabolism of Cities. In this podcast we interview thinkers, researchers, activists, policy makers and practitioners to better understand the metabolism of our cities and how to reduce their environmental impact in a socially just and context-specific way.
I hope you enjoyed your summer holidays. We are back and today, we will talk about how a concept that you all know came to life and how it was used by citizens and policy makers to reduce our environmental impact. In fact, I think it is one of the most wide-spread concepts that helps to quickly synthesise the current state of the environment. This concept is the ecological footprint. To talk about it I have his co-creator and the author of “Our Ecological Footprint – Reducing Human Impact on the Earth”, Mathis Wackernagel. Mathis co-developed this concept during his PhD in the University of British Columbia. Since then, he has received numerous awards such as the 2006 World Wide Fund for Nature Award for Conservation Merit, and the 2005 Herman Daly Award of the US Society for Ecological Economics. Since 2003, he co-founded the Global Footprint Network, an independent think tank that develops and promotes tools for advancing sustainability, including the ecological footprint and biocapacity, which measure the amount of resources we use and how much we have.
On this episode, we talk about the creation of the ecological footprint concept, its significance for cities and how it can be used as a compass to drastically reduce our overall environmental impact without borrowing or stealing from present and future generations.
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