What’s your footprint?

This resource will have you thinking about your lifestyle and how you’re contributing to the destruction of the environment.

It’s a simple survey that steps you through various topics of concern like:

  • eating animal based products
  • where and how you get your food
  • your housing
  • your trash

Answers are easily entered by sliding to the appropriate response and then moving on. Working your way through this just might have you reflecting on your own personal lifestyle.

But there’s more.

I couldn’t help but think that this would display nicely on a large screen for the classroom. As such, it would make for a great discussion tool with real or hypothetical data.

You can calculate your ecological footprint by clicking here:


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2 thoughts on “What’s your footprint?

  1. Good morning Doug!

    This is a nice beginning introduction to factors that influence your ecological footprint. After completing the assessment and receiving my results (2 Earths), I revisited my selections to experiment to see which choices had a significant impact on the result.

    The single change from eating zero meat to eating meat every day resulted in a change from 2 Earths to 4 Earths. Mostly for health reasons, I switched to a plant-based diet in October 2019. I was conscious that there is a strong argument against eating meat due to the environmental footprint it adds, and so it is interesting to see that that single variable has such a strong impact.

    Eating locally (100%) resulted in a drop to 1.9 Earth’s, where as the alternative (None) increased the score to 2.3 Earths.

    Moving into a small home could reduce the score to 1.7 Earths, whereas moving back into a large home could increase the score back up to 3.8 Earths.

    Increasing the energy efficiency of my home could drop the impact to as low as 1.2 Earths. Add in zero electricity use and the score could drop to 1 earth. Unfortunately, zero electricity is currently not an option, although I have spent significant time in the past monitoring electricity use and decreasing those phantom draws created by continually plugged in power bricks. Moving to 100% renewable energy could result in a reduction from 2 Earths to 1.6 Earths.

    By making adjustments to a good number of the variables I was able to reduce the score to as low as 0.7 Earths. To do that required zero meat, 100% locally grown food, tiny accommodation, no electricity use, no car travel and zero airplane flights per year. I left the public transit slider set to zero, as I figure that any public transit use but zero would result in increasing the score.

    Take away is for me or that I could certainly do more regarding my energy use (electricity specifically) and do more to eat locally. I can already attest to the fact that decreasing the square footage of one’s limited combinations can have a dramatic affect on the amount of energy consumed for heating and cooling.

    This kind of tool is very helpful in helping to see the relative impacts different variables have on your footprint. It certainly encourage this one to identify the areas that can still be improved upon!

    Thanks for sharing this!


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