Personal Ecological Footprint

# 50 yes 50 no 60 6 i use rechargeable batteries

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__-50______ Yes (-50) No (60) 6. I use rechargeable batteries whenever I can (-30) ___-30_____ 7. In my home we have ___ number of electronics? __100______ (computer, TV, stereo, VCR, DVD, X box, Game Boy, etc.) 0-5 (25) 5-10 (75) 10-15 (100) more than 15 (200) 8. How much equipment is needed for typical activities? __80______ None (0) Very little (20) Some (60) A lot (80) Stuff Subtotal 280 Summary Transfer your subtotals from each section and add them together to obtain the grand total. Divide the grand total by 300. Water use __1500______ Food _1000_______ Transportation __250______ Shelter __280______ Energy use __470______ Clothing ___280_____ Stuff __280______ Grand Total __5700______ ÷ 300 = ____19.25____ Earths

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If everyone lived like I do we would need __19. 25______ Earths to sustain the people of the world. Multiplying the number of Earths needed by 4.7 gives the number of acres used to support my lifestyle. ___90.25_____ acres Worldwide there are 4.7 biologically productive acres available per person, and this doesn’t include all of the other plants’ and animals’ needs. Some average footprints: United States: 24 acres Canada: 22 acres Italy: 9 acres Pakistan: Less than 2 acres
Living Sustainably on the Earth A. Water 1. Take showers instead of baths; if you already take showers, shorten them. 2. Don’t brush your teeth or shave with the water running. 3. If you have a lawn, water early in the day or late in the evening if possible. B. Agriculture/Food 1. Grow some of your own food 2. Buy organically grown veggies. 3. Cook at night or outside to keep house cool. 4. Keep water in the refrigerator so you don’t have to run the faucet for cold water. 5. Reduce your meat consumption, substitute tofu for meat. 6. Help non profits plant trees in developing countries. 7. Support local farmers/farm stands. 8. Support/join groups that help restore ecosystems. C. Transportation 1. Ride your bike or walk to work or school or the store. 2. Take a bus, vanpool or carpool. 3. Drive an energy-efficient vehicle. 4. Keep your car tuned and tire pressure at correct levels. 5. Group your trips with the car.

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• energy use, Fluorescent lamp, Compact fluorescent lamp, Grand Total, Short shower

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