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Global Footprint Network, founded in 2003, is an independent think tank based in the United States. GFN works on global environmental issues.


GFN's goal is to create a future where all humans can live on one planet sustainably. Their headquarters are in Oakland, CA, but they also have offices in over 200 cities in 23 different countries; including Zurich and Belgium[1]. They are partnered with the British think tank, the New Economics Foundation.

Earth Overshoot Day[edit]

Also known as Ecological Debt Day, Earth Overshoot Day is the day where the humans have demanded all of Earth's ecological services that nature can provide in a year. The first Earth Overshoot Day was December 19, 1987[2]. In 2009, it occured on September 25. GFN plans to accelerate the use of the ecological footprint, which measures the amount of resources we have and who uses them[3].


GFN was founded by Mathis Wackernagel, PhD, and Susan Burns. Wackernagel received an honorary doctrate in January 2008 from the University of Bern in Switzerland.


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  2. ^ "In the Eco-Red." New Scientist 192.2573 (Oct. 2006): 7. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 20 Oct. 2009.
  3. ^ "September 25 Is Earth Overshoot Day." 24 Sept. 2009. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 20 Oct. 2009.