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How Much Nature Do We Have? How Much Do We Use? Mathis Wackernagel | TEDxSanFrancisco

Second point: having a measure, you gain a voice. You can say what you want; you can tell where we need to get; and you can keep accountability where they actually move in this direction. Having the metrics, you can ask your mayor, your city council, your representatives, your president, your national leaders to build a sustainable future, and track whether we’re moving in this direction.

What does that mean? How do we need to refurbish our cities? How do we need to change our transportation systems? How do we need to shift our power system to a solar power system possibly, very rapidly?

Do we need to empower women more? Do we need to encourage smaller families, perhaps? All that we can measure and find out, is it moving in this direction.

Third thing: your life. Does it help you to design your own life? Sweat the big things.

What are the big things? Through the metrics you can think, how do you want to invest? Where do you want to live? How do you want to live? How resource-dependent do you want to be?

What projects do you want to be engaged in? Do you want to be in projects that will be the long-term winners as they gain value in a world of resources constraints? Or, are you investing your life in stranded assets?

So what I hope is that through this metric, what I gave you is a compass. But in the end, the path is yours.

Thank you very much.

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