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The South West and the World

How does the ecological footprint of a South West resident compare with residents of other parts of the world? The National Footprint Accounts (Redefining Progress, 2002), presented in the Living Planet Report 2002 (Loh, 2002)* measured the ecological footprints of the residents in 258 countries around the world, as well as the average ecological footprint of a world resident.

Figure 10 gives a summary of the Living Planet Report 2002 results, compared with the ecological footprint of a South West resident. Figure 10 also highlights the 'earthshare', against which all ecological footprints can be compared to measure ecological sustainability.

A minority (32% or around 2,000 million) of the world's residents are currently living above the 'earthshare', which means that 68% (more than 4,000 million people) are currently living within their 'earthshare'.

Figure 10
A South West resident's ecological footprint in relation to other nations

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* The Living Planet Report 2004 (Loh & Wackernagel, 2004) was published in the final stages of the Stepping Forward study, too late for the updated figures to be incorporated into the calculations for this report.