The Global Footprint Network is working towards changing how the world manages its resources and responds to climate change. My first week in Environmental Science class, I was asked to take a quiz based on my lifestyle choices.
“The Ecological Footprint is the only metric that measures how much nature we have and how much nature we use.”
The purpose of this quiz is to measure how fast we consume resources and generate waste compared to how fast nature can absorb that waste and create new resources. Here are my results:
As you can see, I would require 3.3 Earths and my Overshoot Day would be April 21st! (my goodness, this is shocking!) If you are wondering what “Overshoot Day” means, it is basically the date that all resources on the planet would be exhausted if everyone lived the same way as me. Seeing this data really opened my eyes and made me realize that we cause more harm to our planet than we think. Day by day we forget that the Earth doesn’t revolve just around us. We are lucky to have such a beautiful place we call home, but we take that for granted. It’s easy to look past the unseen harm that we cause the environment, even for someone who is passionate about it.
Since taking the Ecological Footprint quiz, I have been working my hardest to make positive changes, even if they are small ones. I encourage you to take the quiz here: Carbon Footprint Calculator. When you finish your quiz, share your results in the comments below! I’d love to hear your ideas on how you can realistically reduce your carbon footprint. Hopefully, this will open your eyes just as much as it did mine, and we can all work towards a better future.