Ecological Debt

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    In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill explains the term “ecological debt” and outlines the work of the Global Footprint Network which uses the Ecological Footprint accounting tool to measure how much nature we have and how much we use. And he’ll assert that, according to the matrix, we are already in global ecological overshoot, having depleted the very resources on which human life and biodiversity depend.

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About World Ocean Radio: Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory and host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio, a project of the World Ocean Observatory, is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide.

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Image Credit:
Global Footprint Network, National Footprint Accounts, 2011