For its outstanding work in advancing a model that frames what it takes to "live well, within the means of one planet" E-Cards and GreenLeap are happy to present Global Footprint Network with the 2008 Golden Frog Award.
"It now takes the Earth one year and four months to regenerate what we use in a year." We are living in a ecological deficit -- spending more of our ecological capital than we are replenishing. Mathis Wackernagel and William Rees developed the Ecological Footprint as a means of measuring and hopefully balancing our environmental impact. Footprint Network is helping advance the Ecological Footprint by promoting its impactful benchmark measurements and by fostering commitment behind its standardization and use.
Good measures and monitoring have been long recognized as necessary for advances in science and business. It is Footprint Network's hope that incorporating the Ecological Footprint as a measure of how effectively countries, communities, cities and businesses operate will move our planet to a more sustainable future.
The GreenLeap team was particularly impressed by:
We hope our Golden Frog and its accompanying financial support will help Global Footprint continue its truly fantastic work in moving us to measure our environmental impact and use these measures to become more ecologically efficient and sustainable.
- The scientific rigor Global Footprint Network brings to an important environmental model.
- The momentum and recognition Global Footprint brings to the Footprint framework.
- Global Footprint's vision of giving the Ecological Footprint a status on par with frameworks such as statements of income, balance or GDP.
» The Golden Frog Award
» Global Footprint Network Website