Did you know that every single thing we do — big or small — has some kind of natural impact on the Earth? It’s just inevitable. Our ecological footprint refers to the resulting demands put on the environment as we go about living our lives. It’s expressed as the amount of land required to sustain an individual’s needs for natural resources provided by our beautiful planet 🌎
There are some great online tools for calculating your own personal ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT including one of our favorites from The Global Footprint Network. It considers where you get your food from, what your home is like, how you travel, and how many goods and services you use. It gives you an idea of how much energy you use and how sustainable that is. It even generates your own personal Earth Overshoot Day. What’s that, you ask? Earth Overshoot Day is a date calculated each year when our global demand on resources exceeds (yes, exceeds) what our planet can regenerate. To give you an idea of where humanity collectively stands, last year Earth Overshoot Day fell on July 29th. Yikes! The hope — and, let's be honest, it's a critical need — is that as individuals, businesses, cities, and countries alike strive to put actions in place to reduce resource demands, that we can extend that date for 2022 and ultimately achieve living sustainably within the means of what Mother Earth can regenerate.
But don't let this information scare you off. It's just a way to get informed and to take action. Understanding our own ecological footprint helps us consider our lifestyle choices and provides awareness toward improving our own ecological footprint.
If we all take small steps to do our part, we can make this planet a little bit greener.
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