Ecological Footprint

Take a look at your ecological footprint and discover ways to make a positive contribution to the environment!

FootprintWhat is an ecological footprint?

Ecological footprint refers to the amount of natural resources you use and the demands you place on the environment in doing so. To calculate your ecological footprint you need to look at how much you consume and then compare that to the earth’s ability to sustain it. By calculating everyone’s footprint, scientists can tell exactly how many planets we need to support us.

How is your ecological footprint calculated?

Your ecological footprint is based on your age, location, sex, living circumstances, transportation and eating habits, along with a variety of other factors including water use and electricity consumption (including whether your house uses green power). Most calculators will account for the role of your family in the size of your ecological footprint by considering factors such as the kind of home you live in, how many people live with you, how many vehicles in your household and energy usage habits.

Wind farmHow big is your ecological footprint?

You can calculate your ecological footprint for free on the internet! These calculators will calculate your footprint, show you how your footprint compares to others and give you an indication of how many worlds we would need if everybody lived the way you do! Visit www.kidsfootprint.org to calculate the size of your footprint! The sooner you do, the sooner you can start making small changes to save the environment!

How can you and your family reduce or offset your ecological footprint?

There are many ways you can reduce your ecological footprint as small changes around the house can make a huge difference. These are just a few:

  1. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle wherever possible.
  2. When shopping, look at buying products in more environmentally friendly packaging.
  3. Walk, ride a bike or take public transport to your destination whenever possible.
  4. Use your clothesline rather than a tumble dryer.
  5. Using electricity isn’t wrong, but when you are not using the computer, TV, CD player or the lights, turn them off at the wall.
  6. Avoid purchasing frozen food.
  7. Buy organic food wherever possible.

Ask mum and dad about:

  1. Replacing current light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs.
  2. Installing a water saving shower head in your bathroom.
  3. Switching to green power.
  4. Choosing efficient home appliances and vehicles.
  5. Planting trees around your garden and in local parks.
  6. Defrosting fridges and freezers regularly.

FACT: The movie Evan Almighty carries a strong eco-friendly message as Universal’s first movie to “zero out” carbon emissions in an effort to raise awareness about green issues.

 

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