Reducing humanity's impact

WWF is working to reduce humanity's ecological footprint – the amount of land and natural resources needed to supply our food, water, fibre and timber, and to absorb our CO2 emissions.

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We are specifically focusing on 5 priority footprint areas that we believe need addressing most urgently: 
  • Carbon, Energy & Climate 
    (energy use, impact of forest loss, and the need for a new global policy on climate change)
  • Sustainable cities                                                                         (transition of cities for sustainable development)      
  • Farming 
    (food, fibre, grazing, aquaculture, and biofuels)
  • Fishing
    (over-fishing, illegal & unregulated fishing, bycatch, poor management and procurement)
  • Forestry 
    (timber, paper, pulp, and fuel wood)
  • Water
    (dams, irrigation, and drinking supplies)

To reduce humanity's footprint in these areas, we are developing and implementing new ways of growing crops, managing fisheries, forests and wetlands, generating energy, and dealing with waste.

We are also looking at ways to transform markets: where and how companies and their supply chains obtain and process these vital commodities.

The aim is that everyone lives within the Earth’s capacity to sustain people and nature, and has equitable access to, and use of, natural resources.

The Ecological Footprint is a monitor of human demand on ecosystems.

It shows that humanity is already using nearly 50% more natural resources than the Earth can replenish.

Under a "business-as-usual" scenario, by 2050 people are predicted to be using twice as many natural resources than the Earth can replenish.

If this happens, large-scale ecosystem collapse becomes increasingly likely, as does dangerous climate change.

To prevent this, we need to find ways to maintain a high standard of living while using far fewer natural resources – getting our footprint down to One Planet Living.

Footprint Goals

  • By 2020, humanity’s global footprint falls below its 2000 level and continues its downward trend, specifically in the areas of: 

        - Energy and carbon 
        - Commodities
          (crops, meat, fish and wood) 
        - Water
     
  • By 2050, humanity’s global footprint stays within the Earth’s capacity to sustain life and the natural resources of our planet are shared equitably
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