Capitalism and the Ecological Footprint

Authors

  • Samir Amin

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-061-06-2009-10_2

Keywords:

Ecology

Abstract

Our Ecological Footprint by Mathis Wackernagel and William Rees (1996) instigated a major strand in radical social thinking about construction of the future. The authors not only defined a new concept — that of an ecological footprint — they also developed a metric for it, whose units are defined in terms of "global hectares," comparing the biological capacity of societies/countries (their ability to produce and reproduce the conditions for life on the planet) with their consumption of resources made available to them by this bio-capacity. The authors' conclusions are worrying.

Published

2009-11-02

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Section

Articles