Think about your footprint, eco summit message

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, October 11, 2012


DAYS before the Isle of Wight hosts the Global Ecoislands Summit, a sustainability expert is urging people to think about their eco-footprint.

The Global Ecoislands Summit 2012, run in conjunction with sustainability consultancy firm Best Foot Forward, will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday at Cowes Yacht Haven.

Communities from around the world have been invited to attend and commit to becoming renewable-energy self-sufficient by the end of the decade, and entirely sustainable by 2030.

Nicky Chambers, chief executive office of Best Foot Forward, said: "If humanity lived sustainably, then our ecological footprint would be the same size, or less, than the planet we live on.

"It's not, our eco-footprint, or the land needed to produce the resources we use, and deal with the waste, is currently estimated at one-and-a-half times our planet."

Before committing to the project, the Isle of Wight, Ecoisland's flagship project, had an eco-footprint so large, that if everyone on the world were to live the same way, humanity would need a planet two-and-a-half times the size of the earth to sustain it, Ecoisland claimed.

David Green, founder of the Ecoisland Community Interest Company, said: "Setting a definition of sustainability is an important first step, but the Ecoisland Summit is also focused on providing the necessary resources to turn those targets into a reality."


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by Matthew Hampshire

12th October 2012, at 15:08:08

Like it or not, we're all contributing to the degradation of the environment so the more we try to live our lives greener the better the long term chances for our planet and humanity. Eating less or no meat, as Graeme says, would significantly cut down on greenhouse gases. It's just a shame that some people hide their guilt for failing to act by blaming others or sending up those who are just trying to protect them.

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by Graeme Egerton

12th October 2012, at 13:25:54

One of the best things you can do to be eco friendly is turn veggie. Cattle are responsible for about 14% of our greenhouse gases. It is also strange that we have starving people but feed animals so they can in turn feed humans. Will the summit's menu be veggie peradventure?

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by Don Prescott

11th October 2012, at 16:09:30

peter "would it not therefore have been more eco friendly to video conference the whole thing"
Ha,ha,ha! Of course it would, but there would be no publicity or photo opportunities doing that would there?
Without publicity and photo opportunities, nobody would know who any of them are.
I hear a Belgian delegate, Goebbel De Gook, is going to be the European guest speaker.

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by peter williams

11th October 2012, at 15:13:15

i hope they have negotiated a discount on the delegates ferry fares, if these people are coming from all over the world then surely their travel has caused a huge footprint and would it not therefore have been more eco friendly to video conference the whole thing

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