This coming week (on Monday, Jan 29) we will discuss ecological footprints in class, and read a small sample from a burgeoning literature in the field. Four papers are up on Blackboard for you to download.
Here are the citations for the two main papers for discussion:
- M. Wackernagel, and 10 co-authors. 2002. Tracking the ecological overshoot of the human economy. PNAS 99:9266-9271.
- M. Luck, and 3 co-authors. 2001. The urban funnel model and the spatially heterogeneous ecological footprint. Ecosystems 4:782-796
I have also posted a couple of additional papers, for further reading – but note that if you search for the phrase “ecological footprint” on Google Scholar, you will get a few thousand hits! And if you find something more interesting than these papers, or a different take on the concept, do share!
While these papers illustrate the use and application of the concept to regional and national scales, you can go figure your own individual ecological footprint at the Earth Day Footprint Quiz. I would like you all to do that, and share what you think of this particular tool. Play around with it – change some of your responses, or your location, and see what happens to your footprint? Does it change? How? Why?
Then go explore the website of Redefining Progress, the organization behind the ecofootprint quiz. The thing that caught my eye, and is on my list of things to read this week is their new report: The Ecological Fishprint!
On the other hand, the reconciliation ecology perspective, as articulated by Dr. Michael Rosenzweig (quoting a Chinese maxim) says, “The careful foot can walk anywhere“!