Refining the Ecological Footprint, Jason Venetoulis and John Talberth

Despite its popularity, the ecological footprint has been criticized for its failure to reflect the planet’s biodiversity crisis or indicate that at a global level, our use of fisheries, crop land, pasture land, or forests is unsustainable. This paper proposes several refinements to ecological footprint analysis to respond to longstanding critiques in the literature and to improve the accuracy and relevance of the metric. The paper was published in the journal Environment, Development and Sustainability.