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Your Ecological Footprint 5

Ever wonder how many earths we would need to sustain your lifestyle? A coworker sent out a link to an online quiz that gives you an idea of your ecological footprint. It tells you how many hectares/acres your ecological footprint is, and how many earths would be required if everyone on earth lived like you.

According to the survey, the average ecological footprint in Canada is 8.8 global hectares per person. Worldwide, there exist 1.8 biologically productive global hectares per person (or 4.5 acres per person). Since I live in the city and walk almost everywhere, my ecological footprint is around 4.5 hectares (2.2 of that is just for food). According to the survey, if everyone lived like me, we would need 2.5 earths. (*Note: I just re-took the survey using more liberal answers and my footprint is now 5.3 hectares with 2.9 earths required. So my actual footprint is probably somewhere in between my conservative and liberal answers).

According to this WWF report from 2005, United Arab Emirates has the highest Ecological footprint per person, with the United States in 2nd and Kuwait in third. Canada rolls in near the top in 8th position.

  • http://www.georgepechtol.com/ george

    that’s incredible. i took the quiz, and i got like 9 earths or something. and i KNOW my car is newer than yours, jim. i also hardly eat anything and i always take the TTC! i want a recount! maybe it’s because you’ve got three people in your apartment and i only have one. still… i’m bummed out. :(
    - g

  • scarbs

    7.7 PLANETS for scarbs.

    Jim how did you get your so low?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04454437680686627778 Jim

    Here is some of the data I entered:

    - Eat meat daily – half is processed, packaged and imported.
    - I generate much less waste than most people
    - 3 people living in 50-100 sq. Metres – multi story apartment.
    - Electricity w/conservation & efficiency
    - Public transit: 10-25KM / week
    - Car: 50-150KM / week
    - Walk most of the time
    - Flying: 10 hours
    - Fuel efficiency of my car: 4.5-6.5 litres per 100KM, driving 25% with someone else.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17948774650181520591 Crankyputz

    Hmm interesting…..I am sick of hearing about Dubai all the time now….and they are so Wasteful it is unbelievable…

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