Thursday, March 02, 2006

Take the Ecological Footprint Quiz

Ever wondered how much "nature" your lifestyle requires? You're about to find out.

Put together by the good folk at Redefining Progress, the Ecological Footprint Quiz estimates how much productive land and water you need to support what you use and what you discard. After answering 15 easy questions you'll be able to compare your Ecological Footprint to what other people use and to what is available on this planet.

The Ecological Footprint measures the biologically productive area required to produce the food and wood people consume, to supply space for infrastructure, and to absorb the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide emitted from burning fossil fuels.

The global ecological footprint in 1999 was 5.6 global acres per capita, while the Earth’s biocapacity was 4.7 global acres. In metric terms, these measurements are 2.3 global hectares per capita and 1.9 global hectares per capita.

If you would like the kids to get involved, there is a children-friendly version of this quiz over at Bobbie Bigfoots website.

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