A personal ecological footprint, also known as an eco-footprint, is the demand that an individual person puts on the Earth’s natural resources; such as land, ocean, and the waste that the individual produces. A person’s consumption of the Earth’s resources and how that individual impacts the earth help to create a personal eco-footprint calculation. At http://myfootprint.org/, I calculated my personal ecological footprint and discovered my impact on the Earth’s resources and its ecosystem. The ecological footprint quiz results were that if everyone on the planet lived my lifestyle we would need 3.86 Earth’s to sustain the world’s population.
The personal ecological footprint calculation quiz results are divided into four consumption categories, carbon, food, housing, and goods and services. The results are also broken down into four ecosystem types, cropland, pastureland, forestland, and marine fisheries. The calculation results take all of these categories into account to come to a final result. The ecological footprint is expressed in global acres. The personal ecological footprint quiz results compared my footprint to the country average.
The country’s average for carbon footprint is 91.43 global acres. My personal carbon footprint is 42.71 global acres. The country’s average carbon footprint is nearly double of mine. My carbon footprint is smaller than I expected. The country’s average for food footprint is 65.74 global acres. My personal food footprint is 52.59 global acres. I have a garden, as well as compost, which may have contributed to my lower number. The country’s average for housing footprint is 31.58 global acres. My personal housing footprint is 28.18 global acres. I live with three other people, which contributes to my lower number. The country’s average for goods and services footprint is 57.66 global acres. My personal goods and services footprint is 26.27 global acres. The country’s total consumption footprint is 246.41, which is measured in global acres. My total consumptions footprint is 149.75 measured in global acres. Overall, my total consumption footprint is about half of the country’s average.
The ecological footprint is also broken down into four ecosystem types. The country’s average for cropland footprint is 29.61 in global acres. My cropland footprint is 21.10 global acres. My footprint is lower because I have a garden that I grow vegetables in. The country’s average for pastureland footprint is 60.02. My pastureland footprint is 40.59. The country’s marine fisheries footprint is 49.33 global acres. My marine fisheries footprint is 29.45 global acres. The country’s average forestland footprint is 99.45 global acres. My forestland footprint is 58.62 global acres. My ecosystem...