Living Planet Report

The Living Planet Report is the world's leading, science-based analysis on the health of our only planet and the impact of human activity.
Its key finding? Humanity's demands exceed our planet's capacity to sustain us. That is, we ask for more than what we have. The latest edition of the Living Planet Report was released in May 2012. You can read all about its findings in the links on the left, or click on the link and download the full report.

In a world first, LPR 2012 was launched from space by astronaut André Kuipers in the International Space Station, in collaboration with the European Space Agency. See André's message to the planet below.

        

Earth Overshoot Day

In 2012, we demanded more natural resources in eight months than what it takes the Earth 12 months to produce. For the rest of the year, we lived on resources borrowed from future generations.

This year Earth Overshoot Day will likely come even earlier. On a finite planet, we need to change the way we think about everything, but especially about where and how we live, work and travel, along with what and how much we consume.

In short, we need to find ways to do more with less.

Earth Overshoot Day is a Global Footprint Network initiative of which WWF is a supporting partner.

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Living Planet Report Partners

 Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation, and educational organization. Its mission is to achieve and promote the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. ZSL runs London Zoo and Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, carries out scientific research in the Institute of Zoology, and is actively involved in field conservation worldwide.

Global Footprint Network
The GFN promotes a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a tool that makes sustainability measurable. Together with its partners, the Network coordinates research, develops methodological standards, and provides decision makers with robust resource accounts to help the human economy operate within the Earth’s ecological limits.

European Space Agency
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. The Agency’s various programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our solar system and the universe. ESA is a new partner for the Living Planet Report 2012, with ESA astronaut André Kuipers writing the foreword for the LPR, and launching the ground-breaking report during his PromiSSe mission in the International Space Station in May 2012.

Conservation from space
In addition to the Living Planet Report, WWF is collaborating with ESA on a number of fronts, including mapping for a Heart of Borneo “Green Economy” project and a planned project supporting FSC management in Peru. WWF utilizes remote sensing using satellite technology for a wide range of applications in its work, especially in the field around the world. The range of activities and applications being undertaken include mapping and monitoring forests, fire monitoring, using satellites for monitoring of illegal activities, and support for sustainable forest management.

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