The news we get every week or even every day, even though we do not expect it, take us by surprise: a tsunami in Japan, North America hurricanes, floods in the north and south of the planet and their devastating consequences. But, for most population, it is difficult to understand and measure what impact each human being has on maintenance (or not) of the environment in which they live.
The Global Footprint Network is an organization formed by people from around the world who seek to inform and start debates on how nature and its resources are used by man. Thus, it aims at influencing citizens while they are forming a critical opinion and therefore at reaching large institutions in order to stop the overuse of the Earth’s capacity for renewal.
How much meat a week do you eat? How often do you buy newspapers and magazines? What is the average distance that you travel by car during the week? Do you use energy saving bulbs in your house? These questions that are very easy to answer were included in a test developed by this organization, which tells us how big the footprint of each one of us is.
The test results provide details about how our lifestyle affects the balance on the planet, and give tips on how to change the size of our own ecological footprint. The responsibility belongs to everyone and, at the same time, to each one of us. It’s worth taking a look to find out how many planets would be used if everyone lived like you.
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