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The Ecological Footprint

New Developments in Policy and Practice Andrea Collins, Lecturer and Andrew Flynn, Reader in Environmental Policy and Planning, Cardiff University, UK
The ecological footprint is one of the most prominent tools used to measure environmental sustainability, and its rise in academic and policy debates since the early 1990s has been remarkable. Drawing upon research and examples from around the world, the authors critically examine the claims made of the ecological footprint and how it has been applied in practice. This important book provides a unique insight into the ways in which environmental knowledge is used within organisations, and how it is able to carry authority in policy making processes.
Extent: 232 pp
Hardback Price: $120.00 Web: $108.00
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978 0 85793 695 0
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  • Environment
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Geography
  • Environmental Geography
  • Human Geography
The ecological footprint is one of the most prominent tools used to measure environmental sustainability, and its rise in academic and policy debates since the early 1990s has been remarkable. Drawing upon research and examples from around the world, the authors critically examine the claims made of the Ecological Footprint and how it has been applied in practice.

Offering an up-to-date account, this book provides a unique insight into the ways in which environmental knowledge is used within organisations, and how it is able to carry authority in policy making processes. It further discusses the changing status of the Ecological Footprint and the growth of other footprint tools, such as the Carbon Footprint.

This book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying human geography, ecology, environmental science and urban studies. National and international policy makers concerned with developing sustainable strategies, measuring the environmental impact of key policy decisions and selecting indicators to measure progress towards sustainable development, will also find this to be a useful read.
‘Exceptionally well grounded, documented, organized and presented, The Ecological Footprint is a major contribution to our current national discussion regarding the issues of environmental sustainability in our increasingly degraded global environmental conditions as exemplified by such phenomena as global warming.’
– Midwest Book Review

‘ . . . for those who are interested in the dynamics of how an indicator comes to have authority, and how an organization adopts and then deploys particular environmental indicators, this book has much to offer.’
– Greg Lusk, Science & Public Policy

‘Exceptionally well grounded, documented, organized and presented, The Ecological Footprint: New Developments in Policy and Practice is a major contribution to our current national discussion regarding the issues of environmental sustainability in our increasingly degraded global environmental conditions as exemplified by such phenomena as global warming.’
– John Burroughs, Reviewer's Bookwatch

‘Andrea Collins and Andrew Flynn provide a fascinating review of a concept in action. Having engaged with all sides of the debate and carefully followed the development of a new approach for measuring human demand on nature, they provide an insightful account of what worked, what did not, and why. While it may be obvious to many that humanity needs to live within the means of nature, it still is surprisingly unclear how to make this insight truly relevant and practical for policy. How can we overcome this looming gap? Collins and Flynn show ways how we might succeed with this challenge. Get this book and help design the next generation of sustainability policy that can bridge this gap.’
– Mathis Wackernagel, President, Global Footprint Network

‘What makes this book stand apart is its analysis of how effective the EF concept has been for changing practices and policy. . . This is a wonderful book for anyone who would like to move past ‘knowing more’ to ‘changing more’ – be they policymakers or community practitioners. ’
– Australian Journal of Agricultural & Resource Economics
Contents: 1. Origins, Diffusion and Development of the Ecological Footprint 2. Government and the Ecological Footprint 3. Consumption and the City: The Ecological Footprint of Cardiff 4. Ecological Footprinting in the United Kingdom 5. Novel Applications, Ecological Footprint Calculators and Communication 6. Building a Network for the Ecological Footprint Community 7. Footprinting Futures References Index