On July 14th, otherwise known as Ecological Deficit Day in the United States, Earth Economics and Global Footprint Network joined TriplePundit for a chat at #USAfootprint. This unique Twitter Chat focused on the significance of July 14th, marking the day the U.S. has busted its annual ecological budget, utilizing more resources and services than the nation’s ecosystems can regenerate within the full year.
The population of the United States is using twice the renewable natural resources and services that can be regenerated within its borders. But which states are the most resource-constrained? And which states are the most resource-abundant?
On July 14, Global Footprint Network released its first analysis of the ecological footprint of the 50 United States in a report called, State of the States: A New Perspective on the Ecological Wealth of Our Nation.
Topics that we explored during the #USAfootprint conversation included: how ecological footprint accounting measures a population’s demand for resources, how carbon’s contribution to climate change poses varying risks to different states, and how decision-makers can manage natural capital more sustainably. A synopsis of the full conversation is here.
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Ronna Kelly, Communications Director, Global Footprint Network
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Amanda Diep, Communications Associate, Global Footprint Network
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