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RedEarth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:25 PM
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My Ecological Footprint .... How many planets are needed???
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 04:38 PM by RedEarth
Ever wondered how much "nature" your lifestyle requires? Take the quiz to find out.

This 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. /

My results were discouraging.... would need 5.3 planets.

What we can do......

You can do many things to reduce the footprint you leave on the planet. First, you might want to use our Take Action calculator. Enter some simple goals for your lifesuch as a pledge to eat less meatand find out how many acres of land that you could save just by implementing that goal!

And for even more helpful tips on how to live sustainably, visit Turn the Tide: 9 Actions for the Planet, where you can get nine quick tips for reducing your footprint, plus, use calculators that tally and track your impactinstantly!

Hungry for still more ways to change your life? You might:

Eat less meat: A plant-based diet generally requires less land, energy, and other resources. Crop-based food requires an average of 0.78 global hectares per ton of food, compared to 2.1 global hectares required to produce one ton of animal-based food. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on this topic (and others!).
Drive a fuel-efficient vehicle and reduce the amount that you drive-walk, cycle, carpool, or use public transportation instead.

Avoid purchasing disposable items with lots of packaging. Re-use items when possible, and always recycle items that are recyclable.

Compost kitchen waste: Garbage that is not contaminated with degradable (biological) waste can be more easily recycled and sorted, and doesn't produce methane gases (a significant greenhouse gas contributor) when stored in a landfill.

Plant native and drought-tolerant plants in dry regions to reduce water use.

Be a conscientious consumerlearn about sustainability-friendly products here, courtesy of The Center for a New American Dream. Also, for a teenage perspective on buying different, click here.

Visit the GreenMarketplace, an online green shopping center, for all sorts of environmentally friendly products.

Share magazines and catalogs by donating them to hospitals, clinics and doctors offices or by creating an informal program in which you rotate magazines and catalogs among your neighbors.

Save trees by freeing yourself from junk mail, in three basic steps! Also courtesy of The Center for a New American Dream.

Reuse and recycle packing materials. You can recycle materials like packing peanutssimply call 1-800-828-2214 for the Plastic Loose Fill Councils Peanut Hotline and theyll tell you the nearest recycling location.

Engage Friends

Its amazing what a small group of committed people can accomplish to change the world. In fact, its the only thing that ever has. --Margaret Mead

How can you create your own small network of people?

Start a conversation by asking your friends about their social and ecological concerns.

Encourage your friends to visit and make their own lifestyle changes using the Take Action Calculator as a guide.

Recruit some friends to get involved with you in local and global movements for social change. To find an Earth Day event or Earth Day network group in your own area, click here. For a list of other interesting nonprofit organizations that welcome volunteers in your area, try . or .

Involve Society

Involving society means encouraging political leaders, schools, and businesses to use resources responsibly, to teach others how to do so, and to proactively track resource use in communities, organizations, and entire nations. As an individual, you can:

Write a letter to your local government representative.

Speak to your school district about incorporating the Ecological Footprint into their curriculum.

Inform local businesses about the Ecological Footprint, and encourage them to calculate the mark they leave on the planet. For information on a Footprint quiz tailored specifically to businesses, contact or . Or see our detailed summary of Ecological Footprints for businesses and the government.

Register to vote and vote for candidates who support:
Renewable energy policies
Highly fuel efficient modes of transportation
Protecting existing ecologically productive lands
Restoring degraded natural areas
Promoting organic and local food sources
Setting standards for recycled product procurement policies and fair trade

Take a look at the League of Conservation Voters' annual report on the environmental voting records of members of Congress. /

another helpful link....... /
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rolfboy Donating Member (57 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:37 PM
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1. my score was 3.3 planets
great site.

in my case, living in the countrysides of VT, using cow dung to power 50% of our electricity, and buying local food as often as we can, it helped reduce our footprint.

the downside is we need two cars, and drive a lot! maybe next year we'll convert our engines to biodiesel, and have french fries coming out of our tailpipes...of the car that is :)
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:18 PM
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2. Give up meat, cut food energy expenditures by 2/3 ...
I'm surprised it's not larger than that.
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GliderGuider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:27 PM
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3. 2.9 planets here
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 05:28 PM by GliderGuider
Our 15 year old daughter uses 2.1, mostly because she doesn't drive and she's a strict vegetabletarian. I lose out because I eat meat and drive about 5000 km a year.

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spoony Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:40 PM
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4. 3.1 planets and 14 acre footprint
Neat sites, thanks for posting them :)
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lakeguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 01:07 AM
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5. 2.5 planets here....
was down to only 1.25 when i lived in sweden. ahhh, those were the days.
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