Solar Power Station at White Cliffs, New South Wales, Australia. / ©: Klein & Hubert / WWF

People & the environment

Bicycles, cars, taxis, and pedestrians make their way across a crossroads, Beijing, China.
 / ©: Michel Gunther / WWF-Canon
© Michel Gunther / WWF-Canon
Our human footprint
Every human activity demands natural resources and produces waste. The measure of that impact on the environment is called our ecological footprint.
WWF’s 2020 footprint goal is that

By 2020, humanity’s global footprint falls below its 2000 level and continues its downward trend, specifically in these areas:
- energy/carbon footprint
- commodities footprint (crops, meat, fish and wood)
- water footprint
Ice melting in Antarctica / ©: Greg & Kate Bourne / WWF-Aus
© Greg & Kate Bourne / WWF-Aus
Global warming and climate change
Pollution leading to global warming, climate change and the acidification of our oceans affects every aspect of conservation. That’s why WWF is taking urgent positive action.
WWF's 2050 footprint goal is that

By 2050, humanity’s global footprint stays within the Earth’s capacity to sustain life and the natural resources of our planet are shared equitably
Sugar cane field, close-up. Zambia. / ©: Martin Harvey / WWF-Canon
© Martin Harvey / WWF-Canon
Transforming markets
WWF works with business to develop more sustainable practices and to transform markets in ways that enable all Australians to reduce our ecological footprint.
Split level of a shallow coral reef and mangroves with local West Papuan woman in her dugout canoe. ... / ©: Jürgen Freund / WWF-Canon
© Jürgen Freund / WWF-Canon
People and development
Some examples of people and nature programmes that WWF-Australia has supported in the Asia Pacific Region.