LIFTING HUMANITY WHILE LOWERING OUR FOOTPRINT
The Ecological Footprint represents an essential accounting of our escalating demands on global ecosystems. It has justifiably emerged as the leading indicator in the sustainability field.
Nevertheless, the Footprint is a limited communications and accounting tool because it is not designed to include the related conditions of human development — issues such as poverty, literacy, access to education, and other aspects of human rights and social justice.
As a paradigm, the Ecological Handprint reframes the notion of sustainability. It expands on the Footprint by bringing together the interrelated goals of sustaining the biological integrity of the planet and insuring sustenance for those in need.