Friday, August 27, 2004

How Big Is Your Footprint?

A friend at the office passed along this eco-footprint calculator link. You can take the test to see what big of an impact you have on the earth, and how many earths you'd need to support the population if everyone used as much resources as you do.

I didn't fare too well. I think it's because I live so far away from where I work (and don't car pool very often) and because my house is a pretty good size. My friend's footprint was 5.4 acres. Mine is 17.8 acres. Eghad!

Your Ecological Footprint Results
Food Footprint 5.77 acres

Transportation Footprint 4.2 acres
Housing Footprint 3.03 acres
Other Footprint 4.8 acres

Your footprint measures 70.65% of an average North American's footprint and 90.07% of an average MEC Eco-Footprint Calculation

Now choose. How much of the biosphere should be set aside for other species? 50%

Your choice means the following:You believe that every person should be able to live a satisfying life within an average of 2.72 acres.

Worldwide, the biologically productive space available per person is 2.2 hectares, or 5.4 acres.
Hence, it requires 6.55 Earths to support each member of the present human population at your standard of living.


At 6:15 PM, Blogger Kate said...

You did better than me. I suck. Here is my footprint stuff:
Food Footprint 5.32 acres
Transportation Footprint 3.26 acres
Housing Footprint 10.2 acres
Other Footprint 6.93 acres


I had no idea I am such a wasteful jerk.
Thanks for the link.

At 7:23 PM, Blogger Arthur said...

Food Footprint 1.32
Transportation 2.38
Housing Footprint 1.23
Other footprint 1.82

Total 6.74.

How did you score 17.8?

At 7:23 PM, Blogger Arthur said...

Food Footprint 1.32
Transportation 2.38
Housing Footprint 1.23
Other footprint 1.82

Total 6.74.

Hmmm. Weird!

At 8:46 PM, Blogger Carmi said...

I'd better get cracking on making another few Earths. At this rate, I'll need them by next weekend!

At 11:44 PM, Blogger Trillian said...

Arthur - we live in the same house! So apparently one of us is grossly under or over-estimating how eco-friendly we are. Base on past experience, I'd say it's you.

At 11:06 PM, Blogger Oz said...

I'm confused. My answers came back in hectares, not acres. What the heck does that mean?

At 11:45 PM, Blogger Trillian said...

I think that a hectare is bigger than an acre. 2.54 acres equal 1 hectare (I think). But I have no idea why yours came back that way!

At 9:13 AM, Blogger Carmi said...

Try this link for an easy-to-use area converter:

Go to the home page of the site for other metric/imperial conversion categories.

Best I can figure, Oz, either the Eco-Footprint web site has decided you're in a metric-loving part of the world (usually based on your IP address), or your operating system is set to default to metric.

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Trillian said...

OK. Now it all makes sense! There is a choice at the start of the program that allows you to do calculations in metric or US Imperial. It defaults to metric. Oz - you must have done yours in metric!

THAT's why Arthur and I differed so much! He did his in metric. I did mine in Imperial US. I just don't know how many kilos I weigh or how big my house is in meters!

Whew. And the world snaps back into place.

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Oz said...

There's a way to do it in US Imperial? And here I was clicking on that conversion chart for every question! Apparently, I weigh 69 kilos.

At 12:20 AM, Blogger Jennie said...

"Brought to you by the letters O & K, and by the number 42."

Trillian, I just noticed this at the bottom of your blog.

Cracks me up.

At 12:37 PM, Blogger Trillian said...

Thanks Jennie - I've been waiting for someone to notice that!


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