Global Footprint

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I have a global footprint of 4.1 global hectares acres (half of which is tied up in the producing the food I eat). Apparently, the Canadian average is 8.8. At the same time, supposedly the world can only support 1.8 hectares per person. If everyone lived like me, we would need 2.5 planets.

How did you do?

16 thoughts on “Global Footprint

  1. CATEGORY (GLOBAL HECTARES)
    FOOD (3.5)
    MOBILITY (0.4)
    SHELTER (1.9)
    GOODS/SERVICES (2.4)
    TOTAL FOOTPRINT (8.2)

    I think the commute and food killed me. I also believe that that quiz is biased against the rural population, but perhaps I am in error.

  2. There were a couple of things I didn’t agree with. For example, the question about electricty was only an either or when it came to efficiency. There was no partly. While we have a 40 year old furnace, we do use fluorescent bulbs in all our fixtures. I also don’t think that eating meat once per week is often. I mean, that’s only 4.7% of one’s meals.

  3. CATEGORY GLOBAL HECTARES
    FOOD 1.6
    MOBILITY 0.8
    SHELTER 3.2
    GOODS/SERVICES 3.1
    TOTAL FOOTPRINT 8.7

    IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 8.8 GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.

    WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 1.8 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.

    IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 4.8 PLANETS.

    I got hit by the amount of people that live here I think although it might be that I couldnt figure out the litres per 100 kilometers question. I still work on how many miles per gallon our Jeep does :(

    Kim how did you get away with half the number that Rick and I have?

  4. This is mine:

    CATEGORY GLOBAL HECTARES
    FOOD 1
    MOBILITY 0.2
    SHELTER 0.5
    GOODS/SERVICES 0.5
    TOTAL FOOTPRINT 2.2

    IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 8.8 GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.

    WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 1.8 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.

    IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 1.2 PLANETS.

    It’s ’cause I’m a vegetarian (well maybe)

  5. How are these figures arrived at?

    CATEGORY GLOBAL HECTARES

    FOOD 4.2

    MOBILITY 0.4

    SHELTER 1.1

    GOODS/SERVICES 1.5

    TOTAL FOOTPRINT 7.2

    There is so much scaremongering going on these days, I’m surprised the earth hasn’t tilted off it’s axis and everything destroyed. With global warming destroying glaciers…oh wait some glaciers are increasing in size; with temperatures actually falling within the norm over long periods of time;with the world actually behaving like it always has;…we’re doomed.

  6. You’re telling me. Of course chocolate ice cream falls into the major food group because of it’s anti-oxidant qualities. I am such a good nutritionist. :>)

  7. I don’t own a car, but I do use the co-op car quite often. I could be more local in my eating habits and shopping(the survey didn’t seem to factor in goods very well, IMO.)

  8. Here’s mine –

    CATEGORY GLOBAL HECTARES
    FOOD 1.3
    MOBILITY 0.1
    SHELTER 0.4
    GOODS/SERVICES 0.4
    TOTAL FOOTPRINT 2.2

    IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 4.8 GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.

    WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 1.8 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE GLOBAL HECTARES PER PERSON.

    IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 1.2 PLANETS.

    Of course, I live in student housing in the Netherlands and take my bike everywhere – once I graduate, and move back to Canada, I can see my footprint getting much larger…

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