Monday, August 18, 2008

Our Eco-Footprint

So I took the Ecological Footprint Quiz over at Redefining Progress, and there's good news and bad news.

The good news?

In terms of every category, our lifestyle is well below the national average.

The bad news?  Even our reasonably restrained, lighter-on-the-land lifestyle translates to:

3.13 EARTHS!

In other words, if everyone on the planet consumed as we do, we'd be seriously short the resources required to sustain life.

The area where we need to do the most work is our Food Footprint.  It looks like we've reduced it the least, but when I consider how often we used to eat out, it may in fact be among our most significant lifestyle changes.  More on that in a later post.

For now, take the quiz yourself.

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