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Get started with green choices
What's my environmental impact?
That's a great question! The term used to describe this is "ecological footprint".
Your ecological footprint measures how fast you consume resources and create waste compared to how fast nature can absorb your waste and generate new resources. The higher your footprint, the more changes you need to make to reduce your impact on the earth. The video that follows explains more.
What green choices have you already made in your life?
I take public transportation, bike, or walk instead of drive.
I've installed renewable energy tech in my home (solar panels, geothermal).
I eat less meat or am a vegetarian or vegan.
I recycle and compost.
I've removed my lawn and planted gardens or microclover.
I make my own cleaning supplies.
I buy fewer things.
I've reduced my use of single-use plastics.
I've installed water-saving taps and toilets in my home.
I've bought energy-efficient appliances.
I borrow items from the library!
The ecological footprint of an orange
What's the ecological footprint of purchasing an orange? When we answer questions like these, we quickly learn that buying an orange isn't quite as simple as we think! The answers to all of these questions become part of our footprint.
Where did it come from?
How much water was used to grow it?
How was it transported to the grocery store?
How was it packaged for transport?
How did you get to and from the grocery store?
How did you store the orange at home?
How did you dispose of the peel after you finished eating the orange?
Calculate your footprint
Footprint calculators make things simpler for us. Enter the information required and the calculator will measure how much you depend on the environment and how your choices impact the planet. Start here if you're wondering where to focus your environmental protection efforts.
Developed by the Global Footprint Network, this calculator is used by individuals to measure their personal Ecological Footprint, discover their biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what they can do to tread more lightly on the Earth. Available for mobile devices.
Your carbon footprint is part of your ecological footprint. It is the amount of forest land that is needed to absorb all of the carbon emissions from your activities that aren't already absorbed by the oceans. Use a carbon calculator to get a better understanding about your carbon footprint.
This calculator helps you estimate your total water use. You know water comes from the tap, but do you know how much water goes into your sandwich? Your gadgets? The electricity that powers them? Soon you will!