Costa Rica News – The Global Footprint Network warns that Costa Rica’s ecological footprint is problematic in that the country is “in debt to the planet,” meaning the national consumption of natural resources exceeds the country’s ability to produce and regenerate its ecological capital.
Despite our country’s conservationist image and efforts towards sustainability we have maintained an ecological deficit since 1991, when our demand for natural resources became greater than what the local ecosystems can renew.
Mathis Wackernagel, co-founder of Global Footprint Network, will further explain the idea at the 1st Latin American Congress on Sustainability, Ecology and Evolution, which will take place September 26-29 at Parque Viva.
His organization has a methodology to measure ecological supply and demand in cities, countries and even the world. Cities of over 1,000,000 people cannot be ecologically effective, he explained.