Number of planet Earths we need
to provide resources and absorb our waste
You hear the term Ecological Footprint thrown here and there – but what does it really mean? Why should you care about it?
The Ecological Footprint definition is simply a way to measure how much we use and consume, in relation to our environment’s capacity to provide and support our needs. It calculates our impact to our environment.
From the data gathered by several agencies, it seems that we are now over using our finite resources. We are consuming them faster than our planet can regenerate.
Soon, we will have water shortage, energy shortage and food shortage. Our planet can’t sustain us for long. We only have 1 and yet, our current demand will need 1.5 planet Earths to sustain our way of living.
Each one of us has an Ecological Footprint. All the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the products we buy and the waste we generate – they all use up our natural resources and affect our environment. If you buy food mindlessly, waste half of it, do not recycle and use your vehicle to go a couple of blocks away, then you have a high Ecological Footprint.
You can take the Ecological Footprint Quiz here.
We waste so much. We didn’t think we were doing anything wrong. We felt it was our right to live and consume as we pleased, as long as we can afford it. But now we know, and the effects are showing. If we crammed the whole history of our planet in a year, modern humans have existed only for the last 23 minutes, and we have consumed 1/3 of our resources in the last 0.2 seconds!
How did we do so much damage? How can we stop it?
Help save our planet. One person with an initiative can influence another person and soon, we will have a planet that’s concerned with its Ecological Footprint. You can make a difference.
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