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Week 1 - Discussion 1 Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7  (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your  initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading  Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be  evaluated.   Ecological Footprints [WLO: 3] [CLOs: 3, 6] The  ecological footprint  is a tool for helping us to visualize the impacts we make on the  environment. For a brief overview of the concept, please watch this one-minute  video  The Ecological Footprint Explained       (Links to an external site.)Links to an external  site.   prior to beginning work on this discussion. In this week’s class discussion, you will have the opportunity to learn more about how  connected you are to the ecosystems and biosphere that you inhabit. Everyday choices  can impact our environment; through those choices, we can either add to our  environmental impact, or reduce it. In a course-long project beginning this week, you will take on the challenge of lessening your impacts on the environment, through reducing the size of your ecological footprint.  Specifically, you will identify possible lifestyle changes that would reduce the amount of  resources you use and/or the amount of carbon dioxide emissions that you produce. In  a course-long experiment, you will determine whether or not it is possible to make a  measurable difference in your environmental impact through a few simple actions in  your daily life. The first step, of course, is to determine your ecological footprint right  now. To do that, you will calculate three footprints: an overall ecological footprint that  takes most of our daily behaviors into consideration; a  carbon footprint  that focuses on  our daily carbon emissions that are contributing to global climate change; and a  water  footprint  that assesses daily water use. Part A: Ecological Footprint Use the footprint tool from the web page  What Is Your Ecological Footprint?       (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.   to calculate your ecological footprint. At every  opportunity, please select the “add details to improve accuracy” option. At the end of the footprint activity,  make a note of how many earths would be required if everyone  lived like you . Then click on “see details” to obtain the following information: Your ecological footprint, in global hectares  (a hectare is about two and a half acres).
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  • Winter '18
  • Steven Gild

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