The Importance Of Ecological Footprint

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The idea of an ecological footprint is becoming a popular topic among advocates of sustainability. An individual’s ecological footprint is the coined phrase that relates their use of the Earth’s natural resources to the amount of land needed to support their current lifestyle. When calculating ecological footprint, there are several different factors that are taken into account. These factors can range from the amount of locally grown foods consumed to the average number of miles driven on a daily basis.
Personally, I thought my ecological footprint would be significantly lower than the average American’s (5 earths). The main reasoning behind this involves my diet and my transportation habits. I do not eat any meat besides chicken on a rare
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I saw a change when I chose to recycle more plastics and papers. It didn’t make “a world” of a change, but it made a difference which I believe matters just as much. Our residence hall provides each room with their own recycling bin, and by ditching the laziness and putting the papers and plastics into the recycling bin I can lessen my environmental impact. I also saw a difference when it came to the amount of up-to-date technology I owned. I originally had the bar set to having every new technological item, and by lessening that to having a few new products made a small difference to my ecological footprint. I will keep this in mind when a new iPhone comes out. It really is not that necessary to have a brand new one when I have the previous version that is in perfect condition. These small changes in my lifestyle can make my ecological footprint a little bit smaller, and by sharing this knowledge with my friends and family, the positive impact will only …show more content…
As stated before, this environmental impact is greatly affected by the economic status of that nation, and how much the government cares about sustainability. The United States is seen as one of the most prosperous and developed countries, yet many aspects of life in the U.S. fall behind countries in Europe. As a whole, Europe beats the United States by a mile when it comes to sustainability. Countries like Finland and Switzerland have measures in place to control the consumption of various natural resources. These countries are preparing future generations for lives with just as much potential as ours now. If the United States made sustainability a greater priority, then the citizens would have no other choice but to follow those rules. Lessening the ecological footprint is something that is necessary for the future generations. The fact of the matter simply is that there are not five Earths. There is one Earth and the human population, especially in the more developed countries, needs to realize that if this kind of negative environmental impact continues, then the Earth will continue to deteriorate. We do not all have to join the Tiny House Movement, or go without our technology, but by making small changes collectively as a civilization, we can look forward to the future, rather than be fearful of

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