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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