Every community, be it London or a Cotswold village, has an impact on the earth. We all rely on the products and services of nature, both to supply us with raw materials and to assimilate our wastes. The impact we have on our environment is related to the 'quantity' of nature that we use or 'appropriate' to sustain our consumption patterns.
The key question is whether this load exceeds what nature can sustainably support. There is only a finite amount of natural resources in the planet's bank account. If we continually deplete this capital then - eventually - we will have nothing left to draw upon. Instead, we must learn to live within nature's interest, sharing the available resources with the other species which inhabit 'spaceship' earth.
Using Ecological Footprint Analysis it is possible to estimate the area of land and sea that would be required to sustainably support a community.
To read more about footprints, and estimate your own footprint, click on the image below: