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Beyond Carbon: Carrying Capacity and the Ecological Footprint of Business - Mathis Wackernagel

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We may finally be on the verge of a tipping point wherein mainstream attention to identifying and mitigating a company’s carbon impact will become a core strategic priority for all businesses. But what comes next? The reality is, global warming is just one of the detrimental impacts of unchecked business activity. During this time of seismic shift in awareness of the interconnectedness of things, the opportunity is to take a longer, more systemic view of the many ways our activities impact the world around us. By doing so, we will begin to anticipate and respond more quickly to both the needs and the enormous world of possibility in front of us to innovate for a whole, healed world. Be inspired by this thought leader who is working with leaders around the globe to help us all understand and ultimately align our activities with the basic carrying capacity of the earth.

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Beyond Carbon: Carrying Capacity and the Ecological Footprint of Business - Mathis Wackernagel

  1. 1. BEYOND CARBON: Carrying Capacity and the Ecological Footprint of Business Mathis Wackernagel
  2. 2. BEYOND CARBON: Carrying Capacity and the Ecological Footprint of Business Mathis Wackernagel, PhD Sustainable Brands, June 1, 2009
  3. 3. We are entering a new era…
  4. 4. Ecological Creditors and Ecological Debtors
  5. 5. Ecological Creditors and Ecological Debtors
  6. 6. The Ecological Footprint CARBON footprint
  7. 7. www.footprintnetwork.org/atlas
  8. 8. PIONEER COUNTRIES SO FAR Switzerland Japan United Arab Emirates Belgium Ecuador Luxembourg Finland EU
  9. 9. My life (1962 – onwards) Annual Deficit adds up to a global Ecological Debt
  10. 10. My life UN’s Most Moderate Scenario
  11. 11. From nicety to necessity…
  12. 12. Sustainability Wedges and an End to Overshoot (WBCSD) 15
  13. 13. Impact: The Eco-Footprint of a General Retailer (vintage poster facsimile) 20b
  14. 14. Energy company (reduce impact) Waste management (increase value) Cement production (compare to competition) Finance (analyze investments) Food (demonstrate commitment) Construction (track performance) Packaging (compare to competition) Electronics (drive innovation)
  15. 15. Ecological Footprint thinking: •  You can pinpoint the challenge: a complex, ecologically constrained world •  You can more easily communicate benefits of aggressive sustainability efforts •  You can identify business risks & opportunities

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