LITTLE STEPS: Get Real About Your Ecological Footprint
You can see my results here, but in a nutshell: if everyone on the planet lived my lifestyle, we would need 2.93 Earths. Now I consider myself to be a very committed, eco-aware girl. Many of my friends and family probably wish I was less aware. But there you have it, I’m still living way beyond the planet’s capabilities. Although, if you do check out my results, you’ll see I’m way below the Australian national average in the footprints for Food and Goods and Services, and I managed to come in below for the Housing footprint as well. But I walked all over the rest of Australia with my Carbon footprint, and it’s not hard to understand why: my life of touring, and a year of living in a remote location yet constantly driving to other cities, means that I have been a gas guzzling giant. But now that my lifestyle has changed dramatically and my feet are planted firmly in one spot, I’m hoping I can decrease that footprint as well. One area I am feeling a little powerless about is my Housing footprint. Although I came in under the national average, it is still well beyond a sustainable level for the planet. I rent, so it’s hard for me to make changes to my home, or even have much choice in which homes to live in in the future. Insulation, building materials, power sources, fixed appliances, land size, and landscaping are all out of my control. I already conserve power and water as much as possible, so I was left a little bewildered about what I could do. However, I’m choosing to see it as a challenge: to discover further ways I can decrease my Housing footprint to a sustainable level while renting. I’m guessing there’s a few readers in this predicament as well, so let’s explore solutions together.
Australia, as a whole, has an ecological footprint 2.8 times the average global footprint, coming in at 7.8 global hectares per person (according to the 2008 Living Planet Report). We are currently the seventh worst polluting nation in the world, with only Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Denmark, Belgium and the USA out-polluting us. Gotta say, this makes me feel ashamed, and inspires me to crank up my crunchy efforts. Hope it inspires you too. If you want to know where your country rates, or check out more details from the report, click here. Across the globe we are using 50% more resources than the Earth can sustain. Doesn’t take a genius to realize that we can’t keep doing that. Something’s gotta give. And that ‘thing ‘my friends, is all of us.
So, how did you score? How did your country score? Did you take any simple hints away from the quiz? What area of your life are you feeling most inspired and empowered to change, in order to reduce your Ecological Footprint?
Posted on April 24, 2013, in Eco-Friendliness and Sustainability, Little Steps and tagged Eco-Friendly, ecological footprint, Save the Planet, Simplicity, Sustainability, Touring Life. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.