In the press

Warning to the People of Earth – documentary film 
William E. Rees is the co-creator of the Eco-Footprint concept. He has measured humanity’s use of the planet’s resource, and what he has discovered is frightening. We are using more resources than the planet can possibly supply us with. Without a huge change in the way we live, our planet-wide civilization will likely collapse. This 29-minute documentary is a compilation of his lectures, and a summary of his warning.


A speech at Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon

William E.Rees, UBC planning professor and developer of the Ecological Footprint concept, speaks on the idea that “humanity’s most significant environmental problem is the mind.”


The Dangerous Disconnect Between Economics and Ecology – an interview for the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) 
The world economy is depleting the earth’s natural resources, and economists cling to models that make no reference whatsoever to the biophysical basis that underpins the economy. That’s why ecological economics is needed, says William Rees in this INET interview.


Series of interviews on for UBC’s Colledge of Interdisciplinary Studies
Professor William E. Rees argues that sustainability is the largest collective threat humankind has ever faced. We’re on the Titanic and the first class cabins (the developed countries) will sink as fast as the steerage cabins. We have to act now while we still have the flexibility, international goodwill, and resources to do so.

Professor William E. Rees argues that the current growth ethic has put us into ecological overshoot, citing his ecological footprint, citing his ecological footprint analysis tool he developed, and may result in a breakdown in civil order and conflict over scarce resources – with Iraq only the first shot in the wars of the future.

Professor William E. Rees argues that climate change is a symptom of a deeper dysfunctional relationship between the human enterprise and the ecosphere.


Various Publications–major-issue (in Norwegian)