The Ecological Footprint
The Ecological Footprint is a measure of the impact humans have on the environment. It indicates how much land and sea is needed to produce the resources that a person, city, or country consumes and to absorb the waste that it produces. The ecological footprint is an important indicator of a society's sustainability because it shows whether its consumption of natural resources is within the Earth's regenerative capacity. A high ecological footprint indicates that a society is consuming more resources than nature can regenerate, which can lead to overuse of resources and destruction of ecosystems. Reducing the ecological footprint is an important aspect in the pursuit of sustainability and environmental responsibility.