Full Footprint = Ecological Footprint + Water Footprint
There is no way to holistically measure the complexity of environmental impacts and their interactions
The European Commission recommends using carbon, ecological, and water footprints together for a holistic view of environmental impacts. However, the world seems to be focused primarily on carbon, which is just one piece of the puzzle.
It's of course a bit more complex than that, but we believe that Full Footprint is the closest, simplest holistic measurement accessible to us right now. However, we would love for it to include the final parts of human impact which aren't yet measured:
Human Impact =
Ecological Footprint (includes Carbon)
+Other Measures (ie. Certain Pollutants, a small number)*
+The interactions of all of the above (sum is often greater than the parts)**
*We aim to eventually include these other pollutants, such as PCBs, plutonium, and dioxins, in Full Footprint. Please contact us if you are an academic institution / independent researcher who would like to do some research regarding how we can best capture these few remaining nebulous pollutants which aren't captured in the footprint. Learn more about these other pollutants here.
**We would be interested in incorporating research about interactions in Full Footprint in the future, please reach out if this is a research area of interest