Humanity’s total ecological footprint increased to 13.2 billion global hectares, growing by 147 million global hectares between 1999 and 2000. The United States now has the world's largest footprint at 9.57 hectares (23.7 acres) per person, while developing countries like Bangladesh and Mozambique have ones of 0.53 hectares (1.3 acres) per capita - barely 1/20th of the US footprint. A sustainable Footprint would be 1.88 hectares (4.6 acres).
Numbers talk! The Facts & figures (FF) displayed here are meant to synthesise issues and data which are often quite complex and multi-faceted. What we offer is a tool to evaluate environmental, social, political and economic balances/unbalances and help you to compare different phenomena.
The ironical and amusing introductory images are intended to help you to fix in your mind the step-by-step development of our reasoning.
To better target your research, this section is divided into different categories – general data, environment, basic needs, and other needs. Each FF doc is displayed in short ‘screen sheets’ (from 5 to 15), organised according to an easy-to-follow logical path. For those readers who need to go deeper, links to the resources utilised are displayed on the left of each ‘screen sheet' (see ‘sources’ under the title) and - as in all other sections - links to the ‘related issues’ are on the bottom of each page.
These last links are particularly important for the FF section. In fact, issues are very often interlinked and data commonly overlap. For instance, in TEXTILE FIBERS INTRO you have a first overview on the issue, but if you want to learn more about ‘cotton’, you can look for it in the VEGETABLE FIBERS doc (as we suggest in the ‘related issues’ list).