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Mathis Wackernagel
Dr. Mathis Wackernagel will give a keynote at ICLEI World Congress on 17 June 2009

Ecological Footprint’s Co-Creator to give keynote at World Congress

Mathis Wackernagel, Executive Director of the Global Footprint Network, will give a keynote at upcoming ICLEI World Congress from 14 - 18 June 2009.

His presentation is titled: “Peak Everything – Let’s Face it All”. Wackernagel will look at scenarios of what future local communities may be facing and provide a proposal for an approach to global-local sustainability “, He will speak during a plenary session on ‘Global Scenarios: Challenges ahead for Cities’ on 17 June 2009. Register today to attend ICLEI World Congress from 14 to 18 June 2009

What is the Ecological Footprint?

Ecological Footprint accounts track human demand on the Earth's ecosystems. They compare human demand with planet Earth's ecological capacity to regenerate. Using this assessment, it is possible to estimate how much of the Earth (or how many planet Earths) it would take to support humanity if everybody lived a given lifestyle.

Mr. Wackernagel’s Bio

Mr. Wackernagel is the co-creator of the Ecological Footprint and has advised organizations and governments on sustainability issues on all continents. He has published widely on the question of embracing ecological limits and on developing metrics for sustainability, including Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth; Sharing Nature’s Interest; and WWF International’s Living Planet Report. Mathis’ awards include an honorary doctorate from the University of Berne in 2007, a 2007 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, a 2006 WWF Award for Conservation Merit and the 2005 Herman Daly Award of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics. Website for Global Footprint Network

About ICLEI World Congress

ICLEI World Congress will take place in the City of Edmonton in Canada from 14-18 June 2009. It is the tri-annual global meeting of ICLEI Members. It is an opportunity to connect to experts, ICLEI staff and local governments peers from around the world.